There is no denying that the COVID-19 pandemic has irrevocably changed the face of the workplace, with the slow transition to remote work that had been trickling along over the past decade suddenly arriving overnight as a result of stay-at-home orders.
Despite many companies navigating the remote work atmosphere surprisingly well, there are still a number of organizations that will transition back to in-person business as the economy reopens.
In order for in-person business and physical office spaces to remain relevant in an increasingly remote business climate, it is vital that designers create workspaces that optimize productivity in a way that home offices cannot, with this infographic providing a multitude of options for maximizing workspace productivity.
Design Creative Structure Into a Commercial Building
While convenient, productivity while working from home is often inhibited by the myriad distractions that come with combining domestic and professional responsibilities. As such, many employees have traditionally preferred physical office spaces to help them compartmentalize.
As home office design continues to evolve to accommodate the transition to remote work, the commercial office space must stay one step ahead to continue to remain preferable to the modern professional.
The commercial building provides a space for large, expansive open areas and free-flowing natural light, both of which are proven to enhance positivity and lessen stress on employees. In the event that separate office spaces or meeting areas are required, innovative glass office partitions can be added to sectionalize the space while still retaining an open and inviting ambience.
Give Employees Autonomy of Design
While showing up to work should not be a free-for-all, it is evident that modern professionals do not want to feel imprisoned by cold, gray office walls or assigned their designated workspace.
In order for commercial offices to remain productive work centers, they must attempt to give professionals a level of autonomy in office design similar to what those working from home have.
Instead of making a row of cookie-cutter offices filled with drab office furniture, productive workspaces should feature a wide variety of tables, chairs, decorative screens, and art decor available to employees, allowing them and their teams to order and arrange until they achieve a true zen space.