How the pandemic has changed office architecture

How the pandemic has changed office architecture

The pandemic affected the employment sector in so many ways, including their office structure. Many companies continue to modify their offices to follow the health protocols provided by the relevant health agencies. 

Furthermore, these structural changes will persist even as businesses return to full operation and bring their employees back to the office. Let us look at how the pandemic changed the way office architecture works.

1. Impersonal Workstation

Before the pandemic, each employee had a workstation to keep their files and documents in place. They needed a personal workspace for the confidentiality of their tasks. However, health protocols made having individual workstations neither practical nor efficient in saving space. As companies adopt hybrid work schedules, hotdesks are better options. This means that there will be some empty spaces on some days, and the shared workspace setup maximises the work area, especially for small-space offices. 

2. Broader Gathering Spaces

Gatherings and socialisation are essential in office culture. Such interactions can help teams loosen up while undertaking a stressful or tedious project. With social distancing and other health regulations imposed, offices expanded their gathering spaces and lounge area to keep the tradition while maintaining the proper distance. 

Expanded lounge areas can also allow initiatives and brainstorming, especially with people not seeing each other as often as they could if they are on a hybrid work schedule.

3. More Ventilation

Offices should have proper ventilation so that the outside air can lower the concentration of airborne impurities, including viruses. It means that it will not let the air circulate inside the office continuously. Furthermore, correct ventilation also lessens surface contamination by getting rid of some particles from the air before they fall to the ground. 

4. Touchless Technology

Many establishments, not just offices, take advantage of touchless technology, like motion-sensor lights and doors, voice command screens, heat sensors, among others.

While many office buildings have already used motion-sensor lights and doors for quite some time, you will probably see more of this touchless technology now. Heat sensors are essential in monitoring the temperature of the people coming in and out of the office. Even before the pandemic, voice-activated and voice command screens were already popular, but you might now see them as more relevant. 

5. Wellness Programmes

Some offices will provide a space for recreational and wellness programs. The pandemic has given businesses and employers plenty of rude awakenings about health. It has affected many people physically, mentally, and emotionally. Providing health and wellness spaces lets employees feel valued and appreciated, especially during this trying time.

While these changes may have a financial impact on some businesses – especially the small ones – they will bebeneficial as we wait out the end of this pandemic. Plus, the modifications can help you improve your services in the long run. 

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