By Paul Gillin, Epson: As people tiptoe cautiously back to the office, some consensus is beginning to form around what the new workplace should look like.
Cubicle farms are out, “huddle rooms” and “telephone booths” are in.
Real estate owners are struggling to balance the space consolidation opportunities that remote work presents with the need to remain sensitive to employee experience during a period of unprecedented turnover.
“It’s the wild west right now,” said Brad Golden, customer success manager at VergeSense, which develops technology to help business leaders understand workplace utilization. “Many companies have a return-to-office policy but no idea how many people are returning and how space will be used.”
One of the tricky variables is that people have different reasons for returning, Golden said. “Some people want to come to the office for collaboration, social contact, and a sense of belonging while others want some kind of boundary from the home,” he said. “The purpose of the office has to be looked at differently.”