New functional areas are constantly developed in modern workspace to meet the various needs. For instance, the small conference room where you can communicate in a closed environment, the tea room where you can have relaxing conversations, the leisure area where you can go when lacking inspirations, and the training space where teams can transmit information. However, all these public places that create high value through close communication have now become somewhat sensitive in the post-COVID word.
Under the impact of COVID-19, new thinking is stimulated in office design. As enterprises begin to pay attention to workplaces planning, office is no longer just somewhere for put employees together, but where they can enjoy comfort and efficiency physically, psychologically and socially. And the employees, on their part, will unconsciously bring their at-home living habits into office. In this case, we have anticipated the following three trends of high integration and overlap of work and life.
Trend One: Revert of the Partition Culture
In order to recreate the partitioned effect of working from home, the partition culture will be brought to the office. Partitions such as table screens can create more possibility for office design nowadays, making the entire space full of variety and interest. The high back sofa, while filling the working environment with the texture and touching of cloth, enables employees to customize their own work mode in the open office environment.
A relatively closed personal space can avoid the interference of communication with others, in order to keep concentration. Today, under the impact of the COVOD-19, the closed space of an office will no longer exists as a meeting room but replaced by the integral small individual temporary office room.
The Impact of Mobile Work Style
The traditional office mode of fixed work timing and location is under impact. Mobile office, therefore, is jumping out of the way of traditional fixed workstation, to make the space diversified and flexible so as to liberate the employees from space and time. At present, when the organizational structure and work function of an enterprise are highly differentiated, workplace with fixed workstations ceases to meet the office needs of the employees of contemporary enterprises. So how shall enterprises cope with the current situation and create a new healthy office patter?
grado chose to resort the design philosophy back to the workstation. The modularization of mobile office furniture means that there can be multiple workstation components as employees can customize their own work area and reduce the possibility of virus transmission by rotation of orientation, addition and deletion of components, flexible movement and elevation of desktop.
In ensuring communication efficiency, the flexibility of office furniture plays a key role. All products are no longer merely the fixed item of space, but an indispensable part in building a flexible temporary space with the users through according to the scale of the team. They can, in accordance with the change of the collaborative objects, be continuously separated and reorganized in the open space with the users.
The Walker Screen placed between the mobile desks, while breaking the inherit pattern of space through separation, can also achieve the communication and integration of spaces to enhance the artistic features of the office space.
When a great idea suddenly comes into mind, you can just start writing on the board and create an impromptu meeting area where people can start a brainstorming sitting on Cube Poufs.
Through this period, we are more aware of the fact that a lot of work can be done through working at home. So, if office work is just about fixed workstation itself, what will be the significance of returning to the office? In this case, communication has been a great motivation, which can not only improve work efficiency, but also effectively reduce the administrative cost of an enterprise. Above are the considerations of grado about the post-COVID theme, which will help enterprises boost production efficiency and offer schemes for reference to meet the flexible and mobile office concept. Besides, conforming to the concept, grado will provide such office components as screen, writing board, work table, armchair, storage space, etc.
After the COVID-19 epidemic, workers will eventually return to the office.
Under the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic, people have experienced working from home. However, when the epidemic is controlled, most people will still choose to work in the office. According to Gensler’s survey on American’s working from home in 2020, only 12% of interviewees declared their willingness of working full-time from home, while 55% argued that it was rather difficult to cooperate with others at home.Two reasons are accounting for the situation: first, compared with staying at home, office is for sure not a safer place to avoid infection, but it does offer a more controlled working environment. Second, when people work from home alone, they tend to feel isolated and lack favourable feelings for themselves with no one around.
What are the concerns when people return to the office?