In addition to prioritizing health and safety, WeWork gives you the flexibility to make the space work for you. There will be more work from home left: for resilience reasons as with everything else. “The next time a coronavirus happens, we know we need to move quickly to that model, which means it has to be at play — at least in part — most of the time,” Coleman says. “I don`t think a company wants to go back to the way things were done, which has an immediate impact on the space.” This is another area where the short-term effects of COVID-19 may look very different from what things will eventually unfold. As workplaces reopen with physical distancing measures, offices located in the center of major cities are the most problematic and often require travel on crowded public transport. Suburbs or out-of-town where workers normally drive can pick up something closer to normal operations much faster. But while poor indoor air quality can increase the risk of transmission, experts suggest more research is needed into how the coronavirus moves in places like offices and other common spaces. We are committed to prioritizing the health and safety of all members and employees on our premises. Below you will find the latest updates on our buildings, including the health and safety measures we have implemented around the world.
“Let`s say there are pathogenic viruses and bacteria in an office room or a concert hall [for example], people aren`t infected, don`t get sick right away, it takes a few days and then it`s delivered,” says Morawska. Companies will now be aware that they could get by with less office space. But they may also have realized that they also need better and more resilient office spaces. “This crisis is likely to accelerate the need for modern, flexible office space with many services,” says Meyer. “The buildings that will suffer will be the oldest that tenants simply don`t want anymore. They are simply not the right product. Landlords will have to differentiate themselves with additional services: “You could call it `high-end`, not from a luxury standpoint, but from a content perspective – you`re not just going to rent a `stupid` space, you have to fill it with services that help the tenant be more productive, whether it`s sustainability or wellness solutions or digital technology. To justify its existence, the office must become a destination with a purpose, says David Gooderham, director of global accounts at WSP in London. “If people continue to drive change as the most important component of a company`s profitability, companies need to create safe work environments that increase the feel-good factor and ultimately increase productivity and creativity. We can learn a lot from this lockdown period to make the workplace and our interactions with it more efficient.
Holloway believes that the “hospitality” of office space will continue, with workplaces taking some of the comfort of life we are used to. This can mean a more relaxed dress code, but also real planting and plush furniture to make rooms more comfortable while subtly creating distance between people. “We need to think about furniture and other design solutions to create separation without losing the benefits of collaboration. If offices have a future, people need to feel safe. Coworking spaces are leaders in the hospitality industry and are perhaps the ultimate destination offices. But COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on these vibrant, densely populated communities. Whether this will be the death of the coworking space, we looked at it in a separate article. These measures could also help reduce the spread of other viruses, especially the flu and some colds in office environments. Two years later, employers are encouraging workers to return to the office.
But many are reluctant to return. Further changes to reporting obligations based on health advice and other factors may occur as the situation evolves. But when offices become destinations to meet colleagues, get inspired, and share ideas instead of just sitting at a desk, those who live in busy places make more sense. If businesses don`t need as much space because employees are more likely to work remotely, they may choose not to reduce their rental costs, but rather spend the same amount on a smaller, more distinctive building in a central location with lots of amenities — a much more attractive destination for employees than a featureless office park.