[rb_inline_related]Here are some recommendations from Peldon Rose for bosses looking to tempt workers back to the office:
Workplace design should be based on employee needsThe workplace of the future, Peldon Rose claimed, should have collaborative working zones, quiet spaces and personalised areas galore ? 55 per cent of staff wish they were trusted to manage how and when they work. ?This flexibility should be a critical concern for businesses,? the company said.??The future office will see more ?hybrid workspaces?, with moveable furniture, couches and private booths to add variety and individuality to previously featureless open-plan offices.?
The comfort of home in the office?Providing home comforts at work is vital to boosting productivity and the ideal for the future is that workers will?hardly be able to distinguish their office from their home,? Peldon Rose claimed. ?Fully-fitted kitchens, coffee and juice bars will increasingly be the norm, as will shower rooms, while taking a ?power nap? in a sleeping pod or nap room will be part of the new office culture. And if workers still need to relax then rooms decked out like a garden to boost oxygen levels and improve mood will be on hand.?
Technology will dominate our lives and further alter workplace productivityEnsuring the future office is connected and wired for all devices, heat and light will be what Peldon Rose deemed ?a hygiene factor?.?It further stressed: ?While technology will keep making us faster and more efficient, the technology of the future will increasingly be about building back communities in the workplace and breaking down the silos that it was partially responsible for building. To build and maintain a dynamic, connected workplace there will be widespread use of personal tele-/video-conferencing on lighter, smarter, faster mobile devices.?
For every job needing to be done, there has to be an element of fun“With workplace friendships critical for office wellbeing and productivity businesses will need to provide the time and place to encourage team bonding and ensure there is fun to be had at work,” Peldon Rose said. “Some two-thirds of workers think social events help them to bond with their colleagues and facilities encouraging a bit of down time, such as slides, aquariums, table tennis, games and music rooms will increasingly be seen as the norm rather than the exception.” Image: Shutterstock By Shan? Schutte
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