After producing The Future of the Home trend report with Springwise at the start of the year, Aritco turns its attention to the future of work post-pandemic.
How should the corporate office be redesigned to cater to different personality types with different needs and help attract and retain staff? Home working may boost productivity, but how can design support those that don’t have a dedicated workspace in their house? How can urban infrastructure embrace a future without rush hours and the massive footfall of daily commuters?
As lockdowns were imposed across the globe last spring, office staff adapted to home working almost overnight. Now that vaccines are being rolled out, many of us will soon make a tentative return to the corporate office, but its role and function is being called into question.
Workspaces at home and in the city will evolve in the years to come as hybrid working becomes the norm. Corporate offices will need to court employees as well as reflect consumer brands, and home offices will need be smart and flexible. It will be the job of architects and designers to find solutions to this seismic behavioural change and urban planners will also have the opportunity to re-think the infrastructure of cities as the daily influx of office workers diminishes.