3. Connection and community
The pandemic shone a light on the importance of human connection and community, and the office now plays a vital role in bringing people together. By helping to rebuild social networks, promote knowledge sharing and reaffirm company culture, the office can help employees rediscover a sense of purpose and belonging.
Hybrid office design and workplace strategies should therefore have employee experience at the heart of them. Outdoor social spaces, lunch and café retreats, conference rooms and breakout zones, for example, can be used to encourage interactions. It’s worth noting that 67% of employees want more in-person work and collaboration post pandemic, so spaces fostering community and connection will be welcomed.