The emerging evidence is that workers don't want to return to the same pre- hybrid work revolution routines. To draw them back, employers must reinvent the office, showing they've adapted to the new normal. Now, the office is a purpose-driven destination, not just a routine.
According to an article by McKinsey & Company, "The relationship between employees and the workplace has changed in ways that require organisations to invest seriously in helping people navigate through their vision for the hybrid workplace and any changes to the physical workspace. Doing so can help employees balance productivity, well-being, and a sense of connection in the evolving future of work."
Tech plays a pivotal role in bridging employer and employee needs, offering efficient communication and connection. Access to certain technologies is a reason to come into the office, but technology can also be used to create a seamless experience across every room in the workplace.
Consider this: technologies like RFID and Bluetooth can transform and personalise the workspace. Despite the appeal of working from home's 'personal space', and some employees being wary of hot desks, these technologies bring a homely touch to the office.
An employee can easily connect their device - be it a laptop, phone, or headset - to a hot desk's gear like monitors or speakers. Plus, with cloud software, they can sync preferences across devices, from email to preferred wallpaper or font size. It's about making the office feel like their own.
Imagine an office with plants, fish tanks, natural light, and décor made from elements like wood, stone, and seashells. These touches not only make spaces feel cosy but also rejuvenate and uplift moods.
Lighting is a game-changer too. Beyond basic illumination, the right lights can enhance mood, health, and productivity. And don't forget the soothing effects of natural materials. Fibers like hemp dampen noise, while wooden desks and glass details boost our overall feel-good vibes.