3. Focus on the "me" within "we"
The workplace will need to balance the growing need for teamwork (“we”) with the needs of the individual (“me”). Prior to the pandemic, work was becoming more team-based and many people struggled with open plan offices that emphasized group work to the exclusion of individuals’ need for concentration and focus. After the crisis, we’ll lean on the office to support the collaborative work we’ve all missed in an even bigger way — people will need to be able to quickly shift between working alone and together. They’ll also need more spaces to focus, especially if they can’t find solace at home and places for rejuvenation, as they’ll likely continue to feel stress and anxiety.
Video calls will be more frequent since distributed work will continue due to ongoing travel restrictions and some people will return to work in the office while others remain at home, so they will need more spaces to take video calls without disrupting coworkers. Solutions like Orangebox Air3 are ideally suited to support these needs without the need for costly and disruptive conventional construction.
The wellbeing of workers will also be supported by spaces designed to enhance physical, social and cognitive wellbeing. Places for meditation, self-care, prayer, and renewal will become an integral part of a holistic workplace wellbeing strategy.