The pandemic has opened our eyes to what is possible. The hardness of the past two years has made us question our ways of working and leading our life. What would have been incredible just two and a half years ago, remote working is now a proven success. There is movement for the 4-day work weeks, flexibility – as you are empowered to determine where and when you work – to relocate to lower-cost states, or become a digital nomad living in a faraway and exotic place.
With estimates that nearly half of the workforce will be remote or on a hybrid program (three days at the office and two at home or elsewhere), it’s time to reinvent the office. With only a relatively small percentage of people entering an office on any given day, this is clearly a huge waste of money for businesses. Real estate prices in places like New York and San Francisco are ridiculously expensive. With a reinvention of the office, businesses can save a fortune. If you’re stuck in a long-term lease, it makes better use of the space. While you’re at it, you might as well make some dramatic changes.
One suggestion is to rearrange the office to make it feel like an upscale boutique hotel or chic private club. It should be comfortable and cozy, and not too stuffy or tense. Start by getting rid of the box farms that only serve to demoralize and dehumanize workers. Reuse this open space for important meetings, training sessions, special events and get-togethers. Allow space to install extra large video screens so that people who decide to come to the office can communicate effectively with a distributed workforce.
Wouldn’t it be nice to walk into an office that has comfy, plush padded chairs and plush sofas. Works of art decorate the walls, including pieces made by the employees’ young children. There are fridges and shelves stocked with food, fine wine, beer, or Kombucha, depending on your taste, as well as excellent quality knock-on kiddie testing. Rooms are reserved for breakfast and lunch delivered by DoorDash or prepared for special occasions.
Call ahead for a hot desk that will be set up for you and answer all protocol questions related to Covid-19. It can be 24/7. People can come in when it’s best for them. They could also organize group tours.
Set aside certain days for telecommuters and others who want to get out of their apartments and homes to see their coworkers. Absence makes the heart more affectionate. After so much time, even the guy who drove you crazy, now you can’t wait to see him in person again.
There will be a place for guest speakers to come and offer ideas on topics relevant to the company and its mission. It doesn’t always have to be serious, there could be motivational speakers and other guests who add value to the organization. The events will inspire people to come to the office and socialize, thus strengthening the spirit of the company.
The lack of executive suites means that everyone from the new intern to the CEO mingles in a comfortable, low-stress environment. The mixture of levels and divisions is important because people will have a better idea of what others are doing and working. Chance encounters can lead to productivity.
If the business wants to take it to the next level, set up a coffee bar, fitness center, yoga studio, daycares for working parents, a game room, and a place to try out new connection technologies. employees.