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Wellness in the New Workplace - By Anna Zappia

Alluring Designs
With more choices for when and where we work, designers
are thinking about how to give staid offices a fresh look.
They want each component to attract the eye while providing
the right furnishings to personnel at every level of an
organization. "I think workplaces are going to look better than
ever, because we really want to draw people back to them,"
Mills says. "We have to make them attractive, and we have
to make people feel safe."

Ample spacing and
cleanability of surfaces
will factor into new
office furnishings
and configurations.

Bringing a residential look to the office will continue to be
important, especially as we all seek comfort and support after
such a trying time. "People are going to want those respite
spaces, where you can decompress or where you can eat your
lunch. I think the office has to provide a certain level of creature
comforts that will certainly entice people to come back and feel
good about that," Verbeek adds.

(Image: Teknion)

Indeed, when the pandemic hit, there was worry about
having to completely renovate the office from top to
bottom or rush out to buy new furniture-think acrylic screens
that have popped up everywhere. Images in the media depict
renderings of sophisticated and completely overhauled
postā€COVID interiors (read: expensive), which isn't realistic
for most companies.

"The social aspect
of wellness is going to be
important in the future. It's one
of the key reasons why people
are still coming to the office."
-STEVE VERBEEK,
TEKNION

"I think initially there are going to be a few small additions, because
everyone's going to be under an economic strain going forward,"
Verbeek notes. "The basics that you have in your workplace are still
valid. By reconfiguring what you have or changing a few elements,
you can make an upgrade."
For example, by rearranging existing pieces, employers can help workers
maintain appropriate distancing while having access to the tools they
need to complete essential tasks. "Furniture has been used for many years
to provide structure to open-plan layouts and communicate usage. It will
continue to play that role in helping communities of employees keep each
other safe by nudging them to maintain physical distance," Arantes says.
"It's important to consider repositioning the furniture that is already there to
reduce density and create clear traffic flow so that people don't risk bumping
into each other."

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