Amidst the disruption created by COVID-19, companies face a significant challenge as they attempt to prepare the workplace of the future. While times are worrisome, business leaders have a unique opportunity to shape how employees work in the coming future without compromising on their safety. For this purpose, flexible workspace providers have formulated new techniques to offer a more conducive and adaptive ecosystem to cope with disruptive elements.

As normalcy sets in, commercial spaces will start laying greater emphasis on sanitisation and hygiene. These practices shall be treated as an integral part of office-design and employee well-being. Sustainable and employee-friendly features such as indoor air quality, good-ventilation, touch-less workspace design, water drainage systems and other indoor environmental features which meet global hygiene standards will attract more robust demand in the long term.

Inclination towards wellness-oriented designs

Occupiers will start focusing more on meeting international standards of building specifications as they strengthen their commitment to employee health and wellness. Grade-A properties with sustainability, safety and wellness features, particularly those related to indoor air quality, water drainage, and ventilation, will draw higher claim in the future.

De-densification of workspaces

The new pivotal point in the segment of workspace design is social distancing. A rise in the demand of private offices as compared to co-working is highly probable, given the consciousness towards proximity between people. Industry standards are likely to improve where-in the unit space acquired by individuals may go up considerably. Hence, the workspace designs will embody a comfortable density of people to maintain appropriate distance and cleanliness.

Sensitivity towards surfaces

Agile workspace providers such as Skootr are working towards identifying and developing a touch-less system in areas of high activity and interaction such as reception, meeting rooms, cafeteria, and lobby. When it comes to aesthetics, designers are looking at alternatives in regards to fabric and surface materials for interiors, which can be treated with cleanable solutions while not ruining its integrity.

Well-sanitised common areas

Regular cleaning and sterilising of common areas, improved footfall-management equipped with screening protocols along with the pre-requisite of isolation zones within offices will become an essential part of every workspace. Asset managers of properties that include mutually shared services such as cafes, retail and agile spaces, will need to improve their existing hygiene policies to safeguard tenants and employees from any health-related risks in the future.

Throughout all economic and social avenues, including the real estate sector, factors such as reduced demand and delayed business decisions are creating significant impediments to business operations. However, there emanates a bright glimmer of hope, as what appears to be an enormous hurdle to businesses, is an opportunity to grow, learn and evolve. At Skootr, we are dedicated and ready to take up these challenges head-on with a positive resolution. And, with this dedication and perseverance, we expect the commercial segment will recover ultimately.