The Future of Workspaces in a Post-Pandemic World

As a result of Covid-19, many UK companies face the biggest shake-up in how their employees work. The pandemic has created an additional challenge to find a solution that balances employee welfare, productivity and cost-effectiveness. Fortunately, workspace trends offer an idea of what the future workspace may look like.

According to recent leasing activity statistics, London serviced offices are increasingly becoming the alternative to the traditional office as employers favour this arrangement to facilitate the new working way. The economical solution supports a hybrid working model and offers an environment where employees can thrive. 

Many UK businesses, especially in the Tech and startup spaces, are shifting towards this arrangement. 

Permanent Move to a Hybrid Working Model

The lockdown experience demonstrated how companies could continue business as usual – away from the office. Most of the workforce quickly adapted to the change, and full-time remote working became a part of life for a while. 

As a result, more employers are embracing a hybrid work practice as the norm. This work model benefits the employer and employee in several ways.

Need for Human Interaction

Humans need and will always need to be amongst other humans – so the requirement for shared office space remains. The office is where problems are solved, solutions developed, and social capital created. 

The future office is a collaborative social hub with quiet spaces inspired by hospitality. The visually attractive workspace reflects the company’s environmental and social values with a focus on wellbeing. The future workspace enables productivity and is the ultimate recruitment and retention tool for post-pandemic success.

Hybrid Working Is Not a New Concept

The past 50 years have seen the workspace evolve from separate rooms to variations of an open-plan layout and now a combination of the office with a homely environment. Today’s offices support a mobile and flexible way of ‘agile’ and ‘activity-based working’.

For many companies, the altered way of working will not be overly dramatic, as the change was implemented years before the pandemic. Employers encouraged a work-life balance with the occasional work-from-home day, and office layouts were revitalised. The truth is, this trend is being solidified and accelerated. 

Future Workspace Design Trends

So what will tomorrow’s workplace include specifically? Here’s a quick preview.

  • Smart offices and increased use of AI technologies. Technology will be used to encourage productivity and continually improve the workspace through managing natural light, air quality, space utilisation, etc.
  • Further integration of the physical workplace and hybrid work. The evolution of the office layout will be strategically designed to encourage concentration, collaboration, interaction, and recharging.
  • ‘Biophilic’ office spaces to create an outdoor environment indoors. Biophilia is the instinctive bond to one’s natural surroundings. The introduction of plants, for example, will help reduce stress levels, clean the air, and enhance the office aesthetic overall.

The future workspace offers flexibility, wellbeing, productivity and makes perfect business sense. A happier workforce housed in cheaper office space for increased profit is the best of both worlds.