Office Life After Covid 19
During the past few years, Dresscode has delved into the corporate world of supplying bespoke uniforms for security and reception staff to engineers and housekeepers. This was following a strong movement toward big and beautiful office buildings requiring their team to look more like hotel staff, who are well presented and stylish, which is where we came in to help!
Hence why Dresscode has a particular interest in coronavirus's effect on the traditional office space. What changes might happen after this pandemic ends, and how might this affect our everyday lives?
There seems to be 3 groups of opinions on home offices and we will break them down here;
1. The group who love working from home
This groups has never felt happier. Usually these are the people who live far away from their office and working from home now saves them hours in a grudging morning commute. This group may also tend to be more introverted and have no problems being alone throughout the day, and work well independently. They enjoy the freedom and the flexibility that working from home provides.
2. The group who hate working from home
This group are having a hard time. They understand the benefits of having no daily commute and more freedom, but they are really missing the social interaction that offices provide. These types of people tend to be more extroverted and really feed off other people’s energy, so working at home in a confined space alone, has made them feel frustrated, unproductive and under stimulated. They crave human connection and thrive off of it.
3. The group in the middle, where we will probably end up after all this is over
This group includes the majority of the population who enjoy working from home but miss their office life. There has been an ongoing redirection of office life, even before corona began, where forward thinking companies were allowing more flexible work life balance which allowed staff the option to work from home once or twice a week. As the pandemic has continued, this seems to be the way forward, which many will agree is certainly a positive thing.
Many discussions are happening around how to virus-proof the office space, BBC news reported “The first phase of resuming office life will involve making basic changes to keep employees safe and allay fears” offices will likely implement transparent shields around desk spaces to contain bacteria, but many offices are holding off on carrying out any major changes until there is a more clear indication of a possible vaccine.
Another likely solution would be to rotate office days, which keeps the number of employees low and contained. Or an office that resembles a hospital, with hygiene stations and tracker devices which allow managers to identify high temperatures, in order reduce the risk of infected people entering crowded spaces.
So, it looks as though the most likely outcome of all this will be the office remaining the dominant work place, with perhaps more flexibility on working from home and a more strict focus on hygiene to ensure the safety of the work space.
Sounds like a good balance to us!