Workplace solutions beyond COVID and during COVID
Now that the UK Government has removed its 'work from home' guidance, you may be beginning to implement your organisation's lockdown exit plan.
Whether you are planning a full return to the workplace for your staff, or offering them full or partial location flexibility choices we can help.
Whichever it is, work is changing substantially and workplaces need to respond to support, and to continue to support, the needs of the workforce.
Workplaces to support a hybrid working workforce, will be far different from pre-COVID workplaces:
- New work settings will be required to facilitate new activities including remote meeting attendance
- The proportions of space set aside for each type of work setting will be significantly adjusted to accommodate new staff preferences and working habits
- As the ratio of staff to desks increases - making desks more scarce
- A new operating model for the shared workplace will be needed to ensure fair and easy access for all
Some of your space can be surrendered or sub-let, as overall property economies can be realised because much of the organisation's workplace has moved to the workforce's homes
Take a look at our Hybrid Working and Post-pandemic Workplaces
Workplace evolution is only just beginning
Workplace changes put in place for the end of the 'work from home' directive are only the beginning.
Post lockdown workplaces and post-lockdown working is new to everyone.
No matter what staff think now - about how they will work, what spaces they will use in the office and what activities they will use them for - this will change. It will be affected firstly, as staff preferences evolve as they become more used to their new-given freedoms and secondly, as their own behaviours are affected by the work behaviours and choices made by team mates, peers and managers
Our role as workplace consultants is to ensure that we shape our clients workplaces to their people rather than shape tehir people to their spaces.
To achieve this requires Workplace Performance: Tracking and Evolution
By measuring the performance of your current workplaces, we understand how your staff work and how well the workplace supports them. Our analysis ensures we can work with you to evolve areas where improvements are possible whilst retaining what is already working well.
An appraisal may include a number of analyses including a:
The performance appraisal may identify that significant benefits can be realised for both staff performance and property costs by working differently.
An advanced working programme will identify how that can be achieved - in terms of the physical workplace and the underlying principles of operation
The best workplace solutions in the world won't work unless the staff are engaged with the change, understand why it's necessary and feel they 'own' the solution themselves.
Participating in the development of their own solution gives staff the best possible incentive to make it work.