How to entice employees back to the office through design

Mobile working and home office will remain a constant, so enticing employees to return to shared office comes down to implementing strategies for office sharing and mutual use of workspaces. Here are a number of products from innovative brands that could inspire employees to come back to the shared office.

While the home office is here to stay and has its place in today’s work style, shared office space needs to be redesigned to keep employees wanting to come back. There’s no denying that in-person and eye-to-eye collaborations lead to more empowering project results.

“Various studies have now identified clear trends here. Mobile working will remain a constant, which will make office sharing and mutual use of workspaces even more important”, Maria Zaglauer, psychologist by training and chief scientist of the Acoustics department of Fraunhofer IBPsaid in an interview with the team of ORGATEC.

Since the difficult year 2020, design brands have deepened the concept of office space to expand their portfolio with products that aim to improve the experience and productivity of working in the office.

“In addition to basic user needs, there are now additional expectations to consider, such as increased flexibility, digitization, security and infection protection. If companies want to bring their employees back to the office, they need to take these needs seriously. »

Here are some ideas that could make amazing additions to any office space.

Spice up the communal kitchen with a robotic or digital canteen

At Paris Workplace Fair last May, we discovered two French companies with interesting concepts: BOLKa robotic canteen, and Fresh Cancan, a digital canteen. Paris-based catering solutions company BOLK offers bespoke meals prepared on-site by what they call a robotic canteen. It looks like a typical soda maker you might find in the lobby of a public building, but it does more than pop out a bottle of water. The robotized canteen uses local and seasonal products as much as possible, which allows employees to choose or compose balanced recipes that meet their needs and desires. As a bonus, the company donates €1 for every €100 of turnover to an association that fights to preserve the planet.

Courtesy of BOLK

Fraîche Cancan offers four formulas: click-collect, connected fridge, the Fraîche Cafet and the Fraîche Traiteur (catering). The first option is like every other food delivery phone app, except the company chooses products from organic or sustainably grown breeders and producers. Indeed, the Fraîche Cancan team “peels, simmers, softens, seasons at home” with its chefs. They prepare everything in 100% Made in France glass containers. “It’s healthier to warm up. And since we recover them, it’s zero waste. Every week they create new recipes. It’s nearly 600 recipes throughout the year, concocted by their home cooks. And more than 200 new recipes developed by their R&D team.

For companies that choose the connected refrigerator, Fraîche Cancan delivers and installs the fridge and installs, then refills the fridge every week with more than 15 different recipes to choose from. Employees can pay by credit card, badge or meal vouchers. The refrigerator, made in France, uses clean and waste-free technology. The Fresh Coffee includes a Foodista which hosts a service from breakfast to after work. La Fraîche Traiteur supports companies in the preparation of events, tastings, cooking shows and major events.

“I prefer to eat in the canteen”. Courtesy of Fresh Cancan

Rethinking spatial design with acoustic products and furniture

Booth-style enclosed meeting spaces have garnered growing interest over the years, and brands continue to create cutting-edge solutions. Mute, for example, released its Jetson workspace this year; the company made Jetson with revolutionary patented solutions and premium components, claiming it to be the most affordable and eco-friendly pod on the market.

Caimi has also focused its scientific and technological research on the acoustic well-being sector with its Snowsound brand, inventing a series of soundproofing materials and solutions. Between the Ring Claspa circular sound-absorbing element, and Klippera wall soundproofing function, the brand is a must.

To research acoustic panels on ArchiExpo.

Milano launched three new products this year that not only add value to the office, but also to the consciousness of those who work there. Its products are made from one of two eco-friendly fabrics. One is made from recycled plastic bottles, another is made from high quality post-consumer 100% recycled polyester yarn containing Recycled marine plastic from the SEAQUAL INITIATIVE.

The People range is enriched and now includes a version with roof and integrated lighting. Courtesy of Milani.

Milani also uses flame retardant antimicrobial fabric, suitable for all public spaces. It is made of TREVIRA CS Bioactive yarn, where the silver ions oppose the spread of bacteria. The result is permanent and remains unchanged even after several washes or prolonged use. The brand’s products have received acoustic certifications.

The three new products are Plot, People and Bakku. Ground is a line of sound absorbing screens upholstered in fabric, available for wall mounting or freestanding. The extension of the People The range now includes a version with roof and integrated lighting, available with high or low panels. The Baku is a collection of four poufs that can be used to create islands of relaxation in community spaces.

Baku. Courtesy of Milani.
Plot can also be used on the ceiling. Courtesy of Milani.
Plot as screens and ottomans Bakku. Courtesy of Milani.

Office gems and smart tools for organization

In order to solve one of the many inconveniences of office work, the chaos of being entangled with many agreements, brands such as Bachman and ASA Plastici have created products for cable management. It might sound simple, but many offices contain desks that have hidden outlets that aren’t easily accessible, creating frustration. So not only do employees feel bombarded with deals, they struggle to tune in.

Employees want to return to the office once in a while. As we mentioned earlier in the article, collaborators value in-person meetings. Managing the mutual use of workspaces to facilitate the progress of projects will encourage employees to return to the office more often.

Discover a variety of taken on ArchiExpo.

Courtesy of Bachman
Courtesy of Bachman
Courtesy of Bachman

“During the pandemic, switching between the office, home office and other workplaces has become more common,” said Maria Zaglauer.

As this trend is set to continue, implementing a tool to better manage office traffic could help. SharingCloud offers a variety of options, including Instant Suite platform which combines its digital flexible office software solutions for hybrid work organizations – booking a shared office or meeting space becomes quick and easy. The company also has a number of options in the office such as its RoomPad.

In the same way, WorkLib acts as a digital assistant to navigate the hybrid world, combining office, home office and coworking spaces with over 1,000 on-demand locations to choose from; while Week not only organizes employee locations, but helps plan office occupancy.

Courtesy of SharingCloud
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