99 Things You Need to Know Now
Workplaces need to adjust to this new reality. If they have the option, more people will make intentional decisions about why and when they go to the office. Leesman, an employee experience measurement firm, calls this “purposeful presence.”
This means employees will think about their reasons to go to the office — an important meeting, face time with the boss or to focus without the family around — rather than just going automatically. And while being together is important, employees are saying the single biggest problem with the office today is the lack of privacy to do individual work.
Some organizations are exploring new workplace approaches, some are staying with existing strategies while others are waiting for more people to return to the office or for hybrid work patterns to stabilize before making changes. Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, people’s needs have changed, their work has changed and they need a fundamentally new experience at work.
change how people get work done in the office.
are more empowered today.
a 15% drop in assigned spaces.
all meetings (56%) are spent on video.
designing the office because they have a vibe
and energy that meet our basic human
need to feel a sense of belonging.
Create more equitable experiences. Design spaces that support everyone, in-person or remote, and welcome people with diverse needs.
Design for everyone’s ability to engage and contribute. Create experiences across a range of settings that help people do their best work, whether alone or together.
Make space and technology easy to use. Design a variety of virtual and physical experiences that are easy to navigate and control. Create a seamless flow between different types of work and experiences.
Spaces need to be designed to support both individuals and groups and allow people to easily transition between both.
Organizations, teams and people need more flexibility so spaces need to be created with less emphasis on fixed architecture and furnishings, and more focus on ways to easily adapt spaces, and be more fluid.
There will be more collaboration in open spaces because of their inherent flexibility. Meanwhile, people want more control over their boundaries, and need more access to private and shielded spaces especially with the prevalence of video calls.
This is ultimately what the hybrid workplace is all about. Technology and space need to be considered holistically because that’s how work
with four key principles creates neighborhoods that respond
A range of spaces balancing the needs of “me” and “we” gives people control over their privacy and comfort.
Flexible settings, mobile tools and technology support in-person and distributed teams of all sizes.
An intentional and flexible mix of shared and individual experiences foster a sense of community and belonging.
High-performing, adaptable spaces deliver integrated learning opportunities for in-person and distributed groups.
in assigned spaces.
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