The Office: 2021
Apart from disrupting our personal and professional lives, the pandemic has also taught us how to adjust and adapt to the stressful and changing work environment in our own ways. However, many of us are still struggling to fit into the new work culture while trying to feel safe.
Safety is paramount
“Employees are now paying greater attention to safety, hygiene and comfort at work. Future office facilities will see an integration of digital technologies to take care of the mental health of the workforce. After almost an entire year trying to adjust to the new normal, several key issues and employee concerns have been identified that will form the primary guideline to help design future workspaces,” says
Apart from counselling and seminars for mental health, Das says most organisations have started giving their
Remote working is key
Many employees relocated from the cities they work in, with the aim of staying safe and saving money to work remotely. “This trend is going to grow as cost of living in Tier II cities, suburban or semi-rural areas is much lower than the metros,” he says.
Also, a number of roles have become redundant and various new roles and responsibilities as well as protocols have emerged this year. Processes that were traditionally conducted manually are now being turned into digital contact-less operations through technology and this will require up-skilling of the existing workforce.
Changing workplace design
Das feels business operations will become a hybrid model featuring convergence of remote and on-premise processes through cutting-edge technology. “The workplace design will now highlight the aspect of safety and worry-free functioning for the employees and inspire them to return to work,” he says.
Even when the covid vaccine becomes availablel, there will always be the likelihood of other such contagions recurring in the future. The structural and technological changes that will be implemented to workspaces as a norm will aim to reduce the global economic impact of such diseases in future.