Back to work: Rethinking office design trends in a post-COVID world

31 May 2020
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As interior designers, we’ve been given an opportunity to put a new lens on creating healthier offices in a post-COVID-19 world. What will the office of the future look like in this new Coronavirus reality and what office furniture solutions can we provide to our clients?

Based on current government & global health guidelines and available researches from the top global workplace specialists, such as our partner Steelcase, we’ve created our "Back to Work | OFIS practical guide and design recommendations for the post-COVID workspaces”.

It’s a wake-up call for us to study the dynamics of space planning and design more responsibly not only in terms of resilience and sustainability but also in terms of adaptability and flexibility.

A few keywords for the times ahead of us are:

  • sustainability & wellness
  • responsible design 
  • digital transformation
  • anti-microbial surfaces voice-activated access
  • advanced air-filtration systems
  • virtual collaboration & adaptability.

We have studied the impact of this pandemic on social, behavioural and spatial design requirements extensively and have concluded the need to focus on three key areas that go beyond the design of the physical workplace.

These include the density of the workplace and its population; employee protocols and communication and stringent infection control. If these criteria are met, and protocols are followed by all employees, then we can ensure that the office environment is safe.

To help you and your team adjust for physical distancing guidelines, alongside our "Back to Work" guide, we are now offering complimentary design advice and floor plan revision of your current office layout, using your existing furniture.

We are on call to answer your questions about different layout options and available solutions so request your online meeting today. Or simply share with us your existing floor plan (either CAD or PDF file) and let us know how we can help you in retrofitting your space to create the future well-being of your workplace and people. Send us your enquiry via e-mail customercare@ofis.ae.

 #InThisTogether #SafeWorkplace

Hina Kidwai,

Senior interior designer & OFIS design team

Download "Back to Work" practical guide HERE.

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