Changing Workspace Strategies Post-Covid

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The pandemic has made it even more important for managers and leaders to focus on their employees’ health. To retain and allure talent employers are providing additional healthcare benefits that also include mental health (a new trend post-pandemic).

With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nature of work has fundamentally changed. Rigid office lease agreements, that have been the industry norm for decades, have given way for more flexible leases. More importantly, with changing office worker tastes post-pandemic, new workspaces strategies have emerged to account of flexible work times, health and fitness packages etc.

Innovative Lease Amendments

Traditional office space lease agreements were very rigid with respect to the rent schedule, maintenance etc. However, with nationwide lockdowns across the world, rigid leases have given way to more flexible leases wherein payments for months under lockdown was revoked by many landlords. Moreover, in many cases non-rent payments were adjusted to different months to account for the uncertainty brought by the pandemic.

This makes the present the perfect opportunity of office managers to look for office spaces that come with flexible terms and also re-negotiate the lease.

Fig 1 Lease Meetings

Flexible work support

Presently all over the world biggest experiment of work-from-home can be seen. If one would consider IWG report, it states that 70% of working professionals all around the world are working far from. But not all the companies are prepared for their employees to work from home because of technological or cultural barriers.

When employees are working in a virtual environment it is very difficult with a big difficult to converse about intricate ideas or refined messages. In India, companies have high-context cultures as they confide on social cues. Working around these cultural barriers the one way companies are working is by investing not just their money, but also their time by investing in video chat apps such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Gmail videos. There is a surge to use these apps in commercial world since the beginning of covid-19. Companies are not just focussed that employees are using right connectivity tools but they are also checking cybersecurity and IT infrastructure for remote working. Strategists have to check that clear expectations are communicated.

Fig 2 Flexible Work Life 

Evaluating Geographical Imprints and the Geographical Diversity

The unpredictability of the pandemic has made it important for organisations to make their office spaces more agile and reduce the risk of complete office shut down in the next lockdown. The best strategy for making office spaces more agile is expanding the office’s global footprint. This trend regarding having smaller office spaces that are globally spread is also helped by improvements in video conferencing and co-working spaces.

Fig 3 Diversity 

Formulating Health and Witness

The pandemic has made it even more important for managers and leaders to focus on their employees’ health. To retain and allure talent employers are providing additional healthcare benefits that also include mental health (a new trend post-pandemic). Companies have started to provide ample stock of face masks and sanitizers to encourage employees to comeback to office. This will have a significant impact on the way workspaces are being designed.

Fig 4 Health and Fitness 

 

 

 

The pandemic has made it even more important for managers and leaders to focus on their employees’ health. To retain and allure talent employers are providing additional healthcare benefits that also include mental health (a new trend post-pandemic).

With the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the nature of work has fundamentally changed. Rigid office lease agreements, that have been the industry norm for decades, have given way for more flexible leases. More importantly, with changing office worker tastes post-pandemic, new workspaces strategies have emerged to account of flexible work times, health and fitness packages etc.

Innovative Lease Amendments

Traditional office space lease agreements were very rigid with respect to the rent schedule, maintenance etc. However, with nationwide lockdowns across the world, rigid leases have given way to more flexible leases wherein payments for months under lockdown was revoked by many landlords. Moreover, in many cases non-rent payments were adjusted to different months to account for the uncertainty brought by the pandemic.

This makes the present the perfect opportunity of office managers to look for office spaces that come with flexible terms and also re-negotiate the lease.

Fig 1 Lease Meetings

Flexible work support

Presently all over the world biggest experiment of work-from-home can be seen. If one would consider IWG report, it states that 70% of working professionals all around the world are working far from. But not all the companies are prepared for their employees to work from home because of technological or cultural barriers.

When employees are working in a virtual environment it is very difficult with a big difficult to converse about intricate ideas or refined messages. In India, companies have high-context cultures as they confide on social cues. Working around these cultural barriers the one way companies are working is by investing not just their money, but also their time by investing in video chat apps such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Gmail videos. There is a surge to use these apps in commercial world since the beginning of covid-19. Companies are not just focussed that employees are using right connectivity tools but they are also checking cybersecurity and IT infrastructure for remote working. Strategists have to check that clear expectations are communicated.

Fig 2 Flexible Work Life 

Evaluating Geographical Imprints and the Geographical Diversity

The unpredictability of the pandemic has made it important for organisations to make their office spaces more agile and reduce the risk of complete office shut down in the next lockdown. The best strategy for making office spaces more agile is expanding the office’s global footprint. This trend regarding having smaller office spaces that are globally spread is also helped by improvements in video conferencing and co-working spaces.

Fig 3 Diversity 

Formulating Health and Witness

The pandemic has made it even more important for managers and leaders to focus on their employees’ health. To retain and allure talent employers are providing additional healthcare benefits that also include mental health (a new trend post-pandemic). Companies have started to provide ample stock of face masks and sanitizers to encourage employees to comeback to office. This will have a significant impact on the way workspaces are being designed.

Fig 4 Health and Fitness