Besides general life issues such as mindfulness and work-life balance, working conditions in particular have changed fundamentally for most of us since Corona. Home office options and flexible working time models have gradually been implemented, especially in larger companies. But what do everyday life and office furnishings actually look like after the Corona pandemic? What fundamental changes will interior designers, office furnishers, employers as well as employees have to prepare for in the future? What innovations will there be in the design of office furniture and in the creation of office concepts? How will one deal with the new hygiene standards and distance rules and still manage to create an attractive office culture within the framework of the New Way of Working?
New ways of working: Office planning after Corona
Since COVID-19 broke out, we have learned that digital working works very well. What previously seemed unthinkable in some companies has become commonplace: Remote work will continue to exist, especially in internet companies. A move away from the traditional office concept, where only physical presence at the workplace counts, is already well advanced.
Information exchange and collaboration work flawlessly thanks to digital tools like asana and video conferencing via Zoom or Hangouts. Meanwhile, we are all setting up our home offices and investing in ergonomic desk chairs and multifunctional desks.
The only thing we miss from time to time is the human factor. Some more, others less. And indeed, this is not a purely emotional component that is part of fulfilling work for some.
In the "post-Corona offices", this social aspect, this shared place in reality, absolutely has to exist. Because: the office is a space for meetings and personal exchange, which is just as important for our work as the concentrated processing of tasks. So there will be no turning away from shared offices in everyday office life after Corona.
Instead, the quality of interaction, which is only achieved to a limited extent via video chats, will become more important. Home office and mobile work will only be part of the new way of working.
Regardless of whether it's a conservative administrative job or a new type of position in a start-up: we will have the choice between home office and working in the office, which will be oriented towards the new standards with distance and hygiene rules in office furnishing and design.
In the "post-Corona office", it will be just as possible to work in a concentrated manner and give free rein to one's creativity as it will be to work together in a team and meet each other - even away from a purely professional environment.