Read these answers from seven different experts pondering how offices will evolve in 2021.
We've approached several people who have spent years studying work environments and who have a chance to shape the offices of today. We asked all of them a single survey question:
Imagine you’re an office building. What resolutions would you make for 2021?
Before you read their replies, think about it too: what would your answer be?
I’ll be open to changes, I’ll be more focused on the people who work here and listen to them, I’ll start saving more, and I’ll make sure the people who work here can live healthier and more athletic lives.
Jana Vlková, Workplace Advisory department director, Colliers ⤴
My resolution is to continue living in harmony with my boss (i.e. my boss the facilities person) and my caretakers so that I can continue developing and using all of my potential, enabling me to help nature and the people around me.
And try to keep improving and be the best among the buildings around me, maybe even just by hosting a variety of companies and events and being admired by everyone and praised for how sustainable and comfortable I am. To make this a year with no defects, restrictions, or closures, and to look forward to the opening of my revolving door at the start of each day.
Eva Nykodymová, Sustainovation Manager, Skanska ⤴
Office buildings’ resolutions should be the same as people’s resolutions. I would like to know how to respond well to changes in temperature and changing seasons—to put on “warmer clothing,” know how to quickly adapt, to be “humbler” or on the other hand to open up based on the situation.
And as a building, I’d like to change my look for every season. I want to be a safe place for meeting, creativity, and sharing. And learn office yoga too!
Vladimír Mašinský, Head Of Business Development, Sharry ⤴
My resolution? Definitely not to “keep in shape” and think thin, because keeping people out is out :-) But my resolution would be: To not wait sadly for people to return, but to head out towards them instead.
Not only online, but also, say, through equipment rentals, so that they can work at home in comfort. Later during the year, it’s to warmly welcome them and to continue making their work as pleasant as possible.
Jaroslav Plavec, Business Development, JuiceUp ⤴
I think that the trend of working from home will continue even after Covid, and many companies’ employees will be able to choose where to work from. That’s why workplaces need to be adjusted to match—and office functionality needs to be adjusted too.
I see AGILE or ABW (the agility-based workplace) as the most efficient, and meanwhile most economical, way to go. That’s where nobody in the offices has a fixed desk, and there are multiple “agile points” instead (meeting rooms, calling booths, and spaces for discussions and socialization). The goal of ABW is flexibility, efficiency, and savings.
To start out I’d recommend a maximum of space flexibility. How can you simply, quickly, and efficiently adjust and modify an open-space office? How can you divide it into separable zones? And I’d recommend creating more flexible meeting rooms and spaces for meetings and discussions.
Radovan Mačák, Design Principal, Prague Design Hub ⤴
In the current situation, I’d resolve to find a way to retain tenants, have a better environmental footprint, and contribute better to the quality of my city’s public space.
Martin Stára, architect, Studio Perspektiv ⤴
Personally, I’d wish for my building or buildings to “come to life” again, for people, workers, suppliers, businessmen, and clients to come back to them, and for them to feel healthy and safe (as regards viruses).
And well-equipped buildings, especially, could offer high-quality filtration and air circulation as well as touch-free technologies for things like auto-opening doors, or automatic flushing and soap dispensing or disinfection in the restrooms. Sensor-activated lights. I’d put an enormous emphasis on spaces’ cleanliness and disinfection.
And also have some sort out outdoor space with greenery, maybe on the roof, maybe another terrace or atrium, for relaxation and a chance to head out of the building for fresh air. And I’d also wish to have a space for people to meet up, for example within the atrium at the entry, or in some other space, over good coffee and with a quick internet connection.
Katarina Wojtusiak, real estate consultant and owner of W-Real Estate ⤴