The effects of COVID-19 have been felt in almost every industry, and the changes each industry has had to make to follow COVID-19 guidelines are likely to be stretched into the majority of 2021. One of the biggest things affected by COVID-19 is the general workforce, and how people and businesses continue to work at home or in the office.
Unsurprisingly, in order to survive, the workforce had to pivot and adapt tremendously during 2020 in order to continue growing. Though some of these trends may be more “of the moment” than others, we expect many of these changes to continue thriving and adapting during 2021. Here are some of the biggest office trends we think you should prepare for, and what trends are coming in 2021:
- Work From Home. One of the biggest takeaways from 2020 was that work from home is more possible than possibly anyone thought. While COVID-19 still remains a huge threat to everyone’s health and safety, companies and CEOs are encouraging their employees to work from home as much as possible, limiting the number of in-person meetings in the office until it is safe to implement a return to the workplace plan.
- Hybrid Work. With that being said about work from home, many businesses are beginning to make hybrid-work plans, bringing employees to the workplace only when it is absolutely necessary. Other companies are making plans to bring employees back in intervals, to limit contact and crowd numbers in spaces. Though work from home is most certainly here to stay for a little while longer, you can be encouraged by the fact that businesses are working to figure out new ways to bring you back, and testing the waters as to what works best.
- Cities to Suburbs. Since COVID-19 spread most rapidly in large, urban cities, we saw a huge shift, especially in younger demographics, of people moving from cities and back to the suburbs. So what does this mean for offices? Mainly, companies and businesses are likely to stop the usage of huge, corporate offices in main cities, and expand to smaller, more localized office spaces in the suburbs to accommodate their employees. These smaller offices will be “more agile and temporary,” and function more like hotels.
- Re-Imagined Office Spaces. As companies figure out ways to bring employees back to the office, office spaces will have to be re-imagined in order to follow COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. Desks and cubicles will likely be moved around to accommodate social distancing, and more cleaning and sanitizing stations will need to be installed around the office to encourage frequent hand cleaning. No matter what your office is doing, don’t be surprised if you come in one day and things look far different than what you imagined!
- Increase in Technology. Going along with re-imagined office spaces, there will likely be an increased use and installation of technology to make employees feel more comfortable. Companies may have to invest more in technology to connect with employees working from home, and the digital transformation that we saw in 2020 will continue to grow to increase efficiency and productivity. Other businesses may begin using technology to clean spaces, detect germs, or purify the air to keep employees as safe as possible.
Alexa’s Workspaces is a flexible workspace, perfect for the small business or office space you may be searching for during the pandemic, or a corporate office looking to expand into a perfect satellite location. We custom build an array of workspaces so that you can find a space that works just for you and your business. We are taking every precaution to ensure your safety during this time while maintaining our low prices that work within your budget. Visit our website to learn more and find a location near you.