Flexible Office Space is Essential for Post-pandemic Work

July 20, 2022

Welcome back to the office again! After working from home for almost two years, coming to the office is not an easy task. But before calling your workforce in the office, you must accommodate some changes in the office space that make it a comfortable and viable workplace space.

As we marked two years of the pandemic in 2020, almost every industry talked about remote work and how to do it effectively. Now in 2022, organisations are talking about flexible space planning and design london.

Since work has become less rigid with remote work, work from home, and the hybrid work setup, it is high time that your workplace should be flexible enough to accommodate the changing work environment. Gone are the days when office space was limited to four walls and some computers.

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Nowadays, employees seek facilities and flexibility that the organisation can offer to balance their mental health and work perfectly. You can connect with the leading space planning and interior design london for more viable options.

Flexible Office Space

Flexible office space is not only for startups and freelancers but for businesses of all sizes. Traditionally employees have to stay at the desk for the whole day and have very limited moves.

Flexible space is an umbrella term used to define various workspace types, but it differs from the traditional office model. It offers flexibility to accommodate the growing needs of the employees by offering varying work styles, allowing the team to work where, how, and whenever they want. Flexible space boosts the spirit of employees as it can inspire employees to work more effectively and positively.

How to Create or Design Flexible Office Space?

1. Create Quiet Space

Create a quiet space where employees can focus on work without any disturbance. The space should be free from eating, calling, chatting, music, or other distractions. You should literally feel a pin drop of silence.  

2. Use Soundproofing

One of the major disadvantages of the open office is continuous murmuring and sounds. Instead of creating a hardcore wooden wall, soundproof the space with absorb footstep or any other material that can absorb sound or noise. Sound-absorbing panels or walls can help to meet soundproof goals.

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3. Go for More Natural Lighting

Nothing can beat natural lighting; try to include more natural light in your space as it boosts productivity, energy, and many other benefits. The best lighting comes with the window space and in the absence of sunlight, use good artificial lights. Do not use fluorescent bulbs, as it causes irritation and hinder productivity. Instead, use cool white artificial lighting to mimic natural lighting.

4. Welcome Green Plants

Green plants have the potential to change the overall aesthetic of the space. Add indoor plants at the workstation, conference room, reception area, and other areas. Plants not only add beauty to the space but also boosts productivity, freshens the air, kills bacterias, improves employees' health, and a lot more. You can also mimic green landscapes with murals of landscape, photographs of nature, paintings, foundations, and other elements that depict nature.

5. Modular Storage and Active Furniture

In the flexible office space, opt for modular storage and functional furniture as it allows employees to rearrange seating set up according to the need of the moment. To offer a happy and healthy working experience, allow modular storage. Some active furniture and modular storage include an adjustable height desk, movable ottoman with extra storage, ergonomic chairs, saddle chair, pedestal stools, tables with rollers, treadmills and bike chairs, etc.

6. Busy Indicators

Sometimes employees do not want to get disturbed while working on some urgent and important task. Unlike the traditional way, where employees use closed doors as a sign of "do not disturb", in a flexible space, you can offer "busy" indicators to employees that they can use when working on some urgent task. The indicator can be in the form of a sticker, flag, sign or anything else that indicates the business state of employees.

7. Creative Work Zone

A flexible workspace encourages employees to spend time outside their cabin to improve productivity and mood through their creative work zone. To create adequate space, you must discover employees' needs and preferences. Is the cafe the right space for group brainstorming, or do they need more private space or anything else? The space should be created keeping the requirement and comfort of employees in mind. Talk to the expert space planning and interior design london.  

8. Support Greater Mobility

Mobility is a major requirement to offer flexibility to employees. Offer wireless connections in the entire office space so your employees can move without worrying about an internet connection.

9. Offer Control Yet Autonomy

Yes, you might wonder how control and autonomy can go hand-in-hand. In the modern working space, you can offer some control and autonomy to your employees. You can set a fixed number of days a week for office and remote work. This way, employees can control their schedules and, at the same time, follow the rules and regulations of the office. Too much control and autonomy may prove harmful to employees and employers. A balance between the two helps create a healthy and flexible working space.  

Your Final Destination

We are the experienced and expert professionals to design office spaces accommodating human needs. We are ready to partner with you to create flexible, happy, and productive office space in London. Whether you are a small startup or a giant enterprise, we are well equipped with the right people, technology, and ideas to create a great working space. GXIGroup is a viable choice for space planning and interior design london.

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