October 6, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic has drastically affected our world. Shut down orders have forced many businesses to close. Work from home has become the new norm for millions, and essential workers put their health on the line every day by continuing to provide necessary services. Many of the workers logging in from home are now wondering what their workplaces might look like once we have collectively passed this pandemic. Will workspaces outside of our own homes continue to exist at all?
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a growing shift from private offices and cubicles to offices with open floor plans. Many companies chose to simply offer a well-appointed common space that their employees could utilize as they saw fit. This created flexibility for employees and was meant to inspire group work, but was actually found to be detrimental to focus.
Considering that sharing air with someone infected with COVID-19 is one of the quickest ways for this disease to spread, architects have been speculating and re-imagining the future of workspaces. We might see offices with more defined meeting areas and more barriers between workers.
Some architects believe that the flexibility to work from home will be a long-lasting change within the workforce, and have begun designing coworking spaces that can be shared by various companies. Company A might come into an office for in-person meetings on Monday & Tuesday, only to have Company B go into that same space for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. An office space that affords sharing on that level has yet to be developed but is likely to come to fruition soon.
We are interested in seeing how architects will change their designs for the new world we will live in once the COVID-19 crisis is in the rearview mirror. Updated office spaces and work-from-home expectations will present a new set of challenges for employers and employees alike. The Para Los Trabajadores team is committed to staying on top of workplace developments and will be prepared to handle all employee cases, even if the situation presented is unprecedented. In the meantime, if you have any workplace concerns as an employee, do not hesitate to reach out to us for help and support.