Podcast: Future of the Office

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If we can’t mix in groups of six or more, how does that fit with a return to the office? In this episode, I talk about the challenges that we face with going back to work in the office in these challenging times and what the future of the office may look like.

Topics Discussed in this Episode:

The challenges of returning to the office

What the office will look like in the future

Key Takeaways:

Forward-thinking companies that want to position wellbeing as a fantastic way of getting employee engagement and retention, directly contributing to the bottom line but also providing a strong competitive advantage, will understand that not everyone wants to come back to the office for many reasons. So what does that mean for the future of the office?

Whether you come back to the office or not, people need to get together at some point, virtually or in person. The spirit of collaboration needs to be encouraged, and people need to connect.

What we might see in terms of the physical office is a lot more meeting space, big open spaces where people can distance but come together, share ideas, and collaborate.

There will be smaller regular offsites, more online conferences, and utilization of technology like Slack. We’re going to rethink the way that we collaborate.

Action Steps:

Redesign office space.

Think of other ways to collaborate with co-workers and colleagues.

Leanne said:

“Space will have to be redesigned to allow people to operate a one-way system as well so we’re not bumping into each other, as well as more collaboration spaces.”

“I think we will see more online conferences… You can’t substitute that face-to-face but this is as close as you can get.”

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Links to things mentioned in the show:

Webinar: Mental Health: How To Get Your Teams Thriving As We Contemplate A Return To Work

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