Telecommuting: Workplace Development

With the Covid-19 epidemic and social distance, many companies have had to resort to teleworking. More than two years after the first captivity, this remote work practice has disrupted traditional sites. After knowing the home office sometimes 100%, employees want to move to another company. What is the change in the business premises?

Business premises remain essential

Although some companies have completely given up having offices, for most of them, these premises are essential. Because despite the development of many communication tools, the office remains the best place to create social bonds. A WhatsApp conversation will never replace an informal chat over coffee. This allows more fluid flow of ideas between staff on the premises, especially during face-to-face meetings.

The fight against segregation One of the challenges of tomorrow’s telework. Because some employees are overwhelmed by stress or lack of motivation due to the absence of coworkers and social interactions.

However, this office must redesign itself. Health protection and the prospect of a new epidemic will now guide the layout of the workplace. Companies need to envision furniture that can be easily moved to increase distance between employees or to create smaller work groups. At the same time the presence of less staff on the site should also be reviewed.

Development adapted to new needs

In addition to the quality of health, the company’s premises must adapt to the new needs of employees. Since Hybrid Rhythm between Teleworking and Face to Face Apparently, appropriate equipment is needed. Although most of the offices were organized earlier Open space With a few closed offices and meeting rooms, the workplace will be more diverse. Companies can, for example, equip themselves with “phone rooms” designed for meetings by telephone or even “huddle rooms” for meetings via video, but also more private and quiet spaces suitable for concentration.

According to Third Climate Survey 2020-2021 The European Investment Bank (EIB) * has confirmed the environmental conscience of the epidemic population. Employees therefore want a more dignified work environment, including durable materials, better air circulation, heat and verbal comfort, and green space.

And when employees are going to work remotely, employers need to invest in high-performance digital tools in a variety of areas:

  • For communication, which remains as a basis for the welfare of employees;
  • For productivity;
  • For the convenience of project management and follow-up of everyone’s work;
  • For the comfort of working with a high-performance smartphone and computer.

Peer as an alternative

Between face-to-face and home office pairing options, co-workers seem to be in a better place. These shared workspaces existed before the epidemic, but they have really closed down since the generalization of teleworking.

They make it possible to break the isolation of a professional activity alone at home and bring a certain welcome flexibility. In general, they offer services that contribute to the well-being of workers, such as an isolated place for the telephone, a catering service, a resting place, a pleasant courtyard, and so on. Several formulas exist. You can simply stay for a few hours in a place that looks like a cafe or rent a closed office on a monthly basis.

These places also allow employees who do not have a suitable home for teleworking a quiet place. Moreover, it is for these types of employees Some hotels offer to rent their rooms within days.

In terms of business, it can also be a great way to save money. Since the office is secluded by some of their employees, yard rental may seem unnecessary and too expensive. Shared office rental financing seems cheaper and more flexible. A fast-growing company, for example, can more easily adapt to its office space if it has to look for large premises on a regular basis. This is the same for a company that has a variable activity throughout the year with more or less employees.

* The survey was conducted among 30,700 people aged 15 and over, from 27 European countries, the United Kingdom, China and the United States, and was conducted online by BVA from 5-10-2020 to 2-11-2020.

(By the editorial staff of HREF)

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