Has the pandemic taught us anything about next-generation workplaces?

Until the pandemic caught us off guard, sustainability had been a buzzword in creating efficient workspaces. Now that we’re considering travelling to work or working in a hybrid model where our houses double as offices, the next generation of workspaces must include more features, such as resiliency, wellness, and equity.

During the pandemic, the technology proved to be a lifesaver. New norms include:

  • The need for touchless or remote operations with seamless connectivity.
  • Enabling future-ready functions that ensure health and productivity.
  • Bridging the gender gap, in addition to being conscious of operational efficiency.

We are aware that IoT-connected innovative technology in a building – ranging from heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) to intelligent plugs and security systems – may be managed by cutting-edge digital solutions and software and run on green electricity. Buildings will achieve higher levels of energy efficiency at this point, resulting in genuinely digital, productive, and linked offices.

Organizations have been encouraged to reconsider their work culture and patterns, keeping in mind both occupant safety and the need to reduce operational expenses. The fact that there are primarily two forms of work has been recognized.

  1. A job that does not need commuting or teamwork, such as filling out forms or making applications. 
  2. Leads work that necessitates cooperation, as it is commonly known that collaborative brains foster workplace innovation. 

Therefore, the new redefined workplace can optimize workspaces to provide a mix of collaboration places, individual workstations, and work-from-home options. In addition to the solid design of flexible work culture, technology remains the backbone of such solutions.

It’s also widely acknowledged that mental health is just as vital as physical health and that social contact with coworkers and other people is essential for maintaining employee morale. As a result, AI-enabled hybrid workplaces will become the new standard, allowing for cooperation while maintaining the required social distance.

It is already widely acknowledged that the next generation of workers will want different types of workspaces and will seek out businesses that provide a decent work-life balance. It’s also been established that persons who are in good health are more productive. Future workspaces should incorporate the humane notion and offer smooth operations to make human work and efforts easier. Technology is a terrific facilitator that makes our jobs easier.

Empathy and technology are inextricably linked. In today’s environment, a robust human resource policy offers employee perks to improve work-life balance, such as paid leave to care for the elderly, incentives for physical fitness activities, mental health recognition, creches for small children, and so on is critical. 

People’s general well-being should be prioritized. Employee health and well-being are influenced by employee safety, proper nutrition and hydration, active workstations, improved environmental quality, enough sleep and rest, and ergonomics. Indoor environmental quality enhancements are also being budgeted for by businesses, as they have been shown to raise staff productivity by 6 to 10%.

As a result, an integrated approach to workplace management is required and redefined organizational KPIs that directly impact occupant health and well-being. The future workplace will be adaptable, enable collaboration while maintaining social distance, and be technologically adept and efficient. This is achievable because of technological advancements and artificial intelligence. In a post-pandemic world, remedies must adapt to the new normal while also considering future demands.

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