As a result of the several changes that happened because of the covid-19 pandemic, office spaces have been greatly transformed. Today, there is a change in the outlook, integration of modern technologies and improved design interface. Contrary to popular opinions, there have been great developments in the office space trends. Here are 5 ways the office space has changed.

 

Augmented Reality Workstations

Some businesses have started exploring the utility of augmented reality workstations. For example, futuristic desk set-ups, where virtual screens float in the air and people can resize, them are currently being experimented at Facebook. At the high end is the use of codec avatars to create lifelike virtual avatars of employees - to enhance social interaction.

 

Augmented reality is expected to help employees become more engaged in their work, especially when the work is delivered to them in a brand-new visual process.

 

Redesigned Open Office Space

As a result of the pandemic, buildings are being redesigned to give room for the integration of small, enclosed rooms rather than the traditional open office space to curb disease outbreak. Tenants are now looking for buildings that are hygienic, have more natural lighting, good aesthetics and automated smart systems.

 

Contactless Technology

In a bit to reduce disease transmission, contactless technologies are now getting wide adoption into the commercial real estate world. Some buildings have contactless pathways where employees do not need to touch the building with their hands. For example, office technology could also be used to remind employees of social distancing or track employees’ movements via their mobile phones, and send alerts when six-feet rules are breached

 

Co-working and Office Sharing

There has been a huge boom in co-working spaces. Coworking has been around for some decades and will continue to be a highly viable option for small teams, and even enterprise companies looking for flexible, fully managed space.

 

Office sharing is another growing trend. Shared space provides the flexibility and affordability that coworking offers, as well as some of the social and networking benefits. Companies with excess space sublets to another company on a month-to-month basis. There are now technology platforms that enable the search for shared office space to be more efficient and transparent.

 

Satellite Offices

Public transportation isn’t conducive to maintain social distancing. By implementing satellite offices in suburban areas, companies can not only save money but also help employees minimize number of people they come into physical contact with while commuting. Satellite offices also allows them to better blend remote and onsite work, since it is generally safer, easier, and more cost-effective to get to the office. This hub-and-spoke model also reduce the number of employees in one location per time.

 

Conclusion

Without a doubt, the pandemic has left a long-lasting impact on us, the way we work and mode of operation. When looking for a new office lease in today’s market, it is essential to consider the level of flexibility your company needs relative to how much space you need. After 30+ years representing corporate tenants, we know the industry ins and outs, the demand for office space, and how to save you time and money. Contact us today to speak to one of our tenant rep experts.

 

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