Offices are always changing styles. Remember cubicles? Or who’s had an “open concept” office? What’s hot and what’s not in the office is constantly changing, and in 2020, the concept of going to the office entirely quickly went into the “not” category.
But 2021 has allowed us to see a distant light at the end of the tunnel, and experts are imagining what a return to the office might look like. Their first prediction: many people will go back, at least to some extent. So if and when you do, what type of workplace will you step into? What can you expect?
In the short term, experts predict the following changes:
- A pendulum swing back from the recently hot “open concept” office, toward “pod-like” offices with subsections so that you can stay close to your team without exposing yourself to everyone in the office.
- Less people at a time being in the office.
- Flexible work arrangements becoming more popular, for example, 2 days at home, 3 in the office.
- Lots of health measures, such as increased airflow, increased disinfecting of surfaces, and investments in thermometers.
And down the line, offices might take a huge step into the future, experiencing changes like:
- In-office child-care becoming more popular.
- Video conferencing becoming smarter, so as to not give an advantage to those who are physically in the office.
- Investing in more smart technologies that allow many office functions (booking a conference room or calling the elevator, for example) to become hands-free.
- More automation in offices than ever.
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This post references The Washington Post and ZD Net.