Flexible seating – Re-introduce employees to the workspace.
There’s no escaping it! The new normal is here to stay. Its long past due since offices were waiting for the pandemic to end. But as we can no longer delay the ‘safe return to work’, most organisations have already found smart and innovative ways to make it happen while others are getting there.
Office spaces bore a deserted look since the onset of Covid-19 and this hasn’t been good news. In fact, as the days wore on, it spelled more trouble for businesses in terms of cost effectiveness.
Theideal workspaceis dissipating into a consolidated one:
Remote work is here to stay, and most employees will continue their work from home just like they did during the peak of the pandemic.Work from home is still going strong and the future is still bright for remote work for a major chunk of the workforce.
The frequency of returning employees may occur in bursts or flickers hereon. With such unpredictability, the old real estate scenario isn’tappealingtoorganisations. Real estate and business premises have a big role to play in the new normal. There is already an interesting interplay occurring between working spaces and the renewed influx of employees.
Real estate is set to be consolidated to conveniently accommodate the new normal. Various departments within enterprises are being clubbed together to adapt to the unpredictable employee attendance. The way desks are placed and how safely they will be used matters the most.
Flexi Seating – Return to work safer:
‘Flexi Seating’ is currently being pursued as an all-out solution to reintroduce employees in the safest way possible. ‘Desk booking’, a technology-based flexi seating solution is making the return to work safer for facility and department heads.
What flexi seating means:
- If an employee can book a seat for themselves within the workplace in less than 3 seconds.
- Employees have the freedom to place one or more personalized seat bookings configured around restricted zones within the workplace.
- Employees are no longer left scratching their heads waiting outside a booked yet visibly empty office space. Occupancy is always validated,and ghost bookings become a thing of the past.
- Employees are seated according to plans that keep them safely apart and compliant with the safe distancing guidelines.
One aspect that needs to be in focus always while providing flexi seating to employees is ‘occupancy measurement’. For example, which and how many desks/workstations are in use at any given time?
How can facility managers and heads of departments reassure their users and visitors of safety within the premises?
Many employees are sceptical to come back to the office and want to continue working from home. They need an extra something for reassurance. If organisations get a hold of a workable solution that guarantees everyday safety, employees can shed their hesitance.
Facility managers and heads of departments are busy aligning the new employee attendance patterns with safe distancing norms and the work environment is a conduit in this process.
Facility team members can go about their tasks efficiently while also being safe only with optimal utilization of the workspace. It’s a win-win for users, visitors, and facilities staff since nobody’s safety is compromised and the entire office becomes a safe space.
Conclusion:Flexible workspaces and flexible seating are solutions paving the path for introducing the new normal into every business, company, enterprise that wants to protect employee safety and wellbeing.