22 Oct Office Design: Dynamic Workspaces In A Post COVID World
How you design your workspace says a lot about your business. It may feel like simple aesthetics, but design actually determines how well your employees operate and the way others perceive your company. It’s crucial to make sure that this design fits with who you are as a business.
It’s a personal decision that comes down to: What makes sense for you?
An open floor plan is usually filled with long tables and groupings of chairs for employees to meet and chat. But with the ongoing threats of COVID-19, this is no longer possible, nor does it meet CDC recommended guidelines of staying at least 6 feet apart when in the workplace.
Traditional workspaces–with cubicles and closed offices–are a better fit for isolating during the pandemic, but they discourage the community and collaboration of open layouts.
The solution moving forward might be to switch over to a design that has a little bit of both: a dynamic work environment.
Dynamic workplaces are simple but extremely flexible. They are meant to encourage employees to work in whatever way is best for them, without adhering to strict guidelines. Some people operate better being able to move from space to space, changing up the scenery, while others prefer to stick to a structured routine and sit at the same desk every day.
Dynamic workplaces offer options for both types of employees, and many in between. Their usefulness in helping to protect staff from COVID-19 exposure has turned them into a new office interior design trend.
And they’re not totally new. Coworking spaces are built on the concepts behind dynamic workspaces. While these are meant to cater to employees who work for different companies (or themselves), the components behind it also apply to traditional workspaces.
Why Create A Dynamic Workspace?
It’s not just a matter of opinion, there are practical reasons to transition over to a dynamic workplace (especially with the added complications of 2020).
A dynamic work environment…
- Improves office moral – giving employees choices helps them feel like they are a part of a team. Dynamic workspaces let them choose their work environment, improving the overall atmosphere.
- Fosters creativity & collaboration – through spaces that allow communication without further exposing employees to viruses
- Can be used to create a socially distance workplace – when done correctly, dynamic workplace designs can help to mitigate the exposure risks associated with working indoors and COVID-19
- Is simple to do – Converting from both open office designs and traditional cubicle styles is simple with minor changes.
How To Make A Dynamic Workspace During A Pandemic
Dynamic workplace design is as much about the way a space is organized as it is about the items in it.
Modular furniture can be used in different spaces at different times (and for different purposes), mobile desks can be picked up and carried into a different room when needed, and adjustable barriers can be heightened when others are around to protect against respiratory droplets.
Filing cabinets and bookshelves
Traditional desks and cubicles
Between all the other curveballs thrown at us by the pandemic, we understand that time and resources are limited right now for many businesses in our community. Re-designing an office is a huge task, and we don’t expect you to do it alone. We have a full office design service that can help, giving you one less thing to worry about.