There should be spaces set aside with immersive technology to allow for teams to meet both in person and virtually. The furnishings in those spaces should let people see and hear each other, allowing everyone to feel equal in the workspace, regardless of where they are.
Office space should be designed for collaboration. “The reason we want to go to the office is to see other people and want activated collaborative spaces,” Wolff said. “People may not be assigned workspaces. There would be drop-in workspaces. The office becomes the center of connection and culture for the organization.”
More group spaces would be available for collaborative work. “There will be less individual space because we know people can do that at home,” she said.
With individual offices less common, there would be project rooms with furniture that’s easy to rearrange to fit the needs of those using them on any given day.
Because many people have been working from home with more control over their environments, including lights, sounds and heat, returning full time to an office might feel intimidating and overstimulating.
Restorative spaces with gardens or with more casual seating or a café setting could become more common, Wolff said. “These are the places you go to have face-to-face human interactions,” she noted.
One of her goals is to build spaces that people feel comfortable and human in, allowing people to have their personal space.