There was a minute there, during the pandemic, where almost everyone thought that offices were going to become a thing of the past. However, Elon Musk was the first to call the end of recess, and was quickly followed by other Tech giants, as they called back their employees, “home.” But there can be no doubt that tomorrow’s offices will have to be different. So, what will change? Here is part of the answer.
Offices connected to Nature
What people want today, more than anything, is to be connected to the outside, as much as possible. That is why you will still see more tall buildings with a glass facade system, that lets the sun come in and energizes everyone. Natural light has become an element we don’t want to live without, whether we are at home or at work. Smaller offices will tear down physical walls and replace them with glass door systems. They will enable their employees to work outside, if they desire, by adding a small garden or a terrace on the rooftop. The plants will come inside, in order to add to the closeness to nature. All in all, the offices of tomorrow will be opened to the environment that surrounds them.
We are facing a giant epidemic, again. This time, it is not a virus. People have realized that there is no point spending their days slaving away for a small paycheck, and seeing their lives go by, to the profit of others. They prefer to stay home. That is a problem that both employers and these employees will have to solve, has no one can get what they want, if there isn’t a middle ground compromise that is found. Part of the solution is to give more private space to each employee. Living one on top of another, observing our colleague’s work as if we were all each other’s police, won’t do anymore. People need to be able to insert some free time in their day, as long as the work they are requested to perform is completed. And that should be offered without having someone else looking at you and passing judgment.
An Office opened 24/7?
Working Monday to Friday, from nine to five, is definitely a thing of the past. Why would you want to spend your Saturdays shopping with everyone else, to get food for the week, when you can actually do it during the week, without having to waste time at the cash register? Employees need to regain the control of their time and the only way to do so, is by opening the office for longer hours. Couples can then adapt their schedule with one another, so that they can actually get to see each other and spend time together. This is something that society has neglected, and almost vilified over the years (the couple). After all, if you can’t have it, better give it a bad name, so that you don’t feel bad, right? But it doesn’t change the importance of a couple, if only so that more babies are born, and society can keep growing.