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Wellness in the New Workplace - By Anna Zappia

Returning to the Office
Although there's been much talk about keeping more staff
off-site indefinitely, experts caution there needs to be a balance
between working remotely and hours spent at the office.
The grind of working from home long term can have negative
effects on mental health, often resulting in an increase in
anxiety and a decrease in productivity. It's also a common
misconception that every employee is happier and healthier
when they are working from their residence.
"People say that productivity has actually not suffered and
instead gone up," Sargent says about working from home.
"I guess that's one measure. But, people are sitting stagnantly
for long periods of time; they are isolated, feeling more
depressed or anxious. They're not walking or moving as much.
The adrenaline is about to wear off, and then we're going to
start seeing negative impacts of people working from home."
Most design leaders agree that coming into the office a few
days a week is a good starting point to help with the transition.
Management can slowly make adjustments based on feedback
and the information they gather. "I think it's clear that one
size is not going to fit all, and it's going to be an ever‐evolving
process," says Sally Mills, a principal at Kasian and director of
the design team in the Vancouver office. "For some people,
it's just really untenable to work from home, and they need to
be back in the office environment. We need to determine who
those people are, so right now we're helping our clients with
a lot of surveys. We're trying to help organizations decide how
they want to move forward, and we have to collect the data
to be able to do that."

Providing attractive barriers can make returning
employees feel safer on multiple levels, including
psychologically, and don't necessarily need to
come down in the future.
(Image: Steelcase)

Manufacturers also are collaborating with their clients to
determine best practices as they move forward. "Right now,
we're looking at what we can do immediately to help during
this transition period, as some people are reintegrating back
into the office, in the meeting rooms or using individual
workstations," says Steve Verbeek, vice president of design
and innovation at Teknion. "More importantly, it's about having
a longer‐term perspective, thinking about how we'll be working
when things begin to normalize a bit."

_Steelcase

Meeting areas that are more residential in
design, like this space by Steelcase, can make
employees transitioning back to the office
feel more comfortable.
(Image: Steelcase)

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