Return-to-office conditions are still uncertain for many countries around the world that are still in lockdown or have curfews in place. While we continue to work from home, coworking space providers have a unique opportunity to ensure that when we return their spaces will be secure in the face of the pandemic but that they will also be adapted to a new way of working. work. While there are many improvements to be made, the most important is the technology which has been at the heart of changes in the world of work since the onset of the health crisis. Through this article we take a look at what providers have implemented so far and what we will likely see when we return to the office.
Applications to facilitate the safe return to the office
While workspace apps aren’t something new, they’re a good way to deliver real-time information to providers and members. The integration of new functionalities such as the booking of offices or meeting rooms as well as the visibility of sick leaves will allow coworking space providers to ensure safety in the workplace and the health of its members. priorities.
These changes are therefore a mandatory step after the health crisis, even if these applications were already in place in a number of places before the pandemic. However, their evolution and the data they provide can help providers create an optimal environment for all.
In the coming weeks or months, you are very likely to see providers experimenting with solutions to find what works best for them. There is no one-size-fits-all approach, so it will be necessary to determine what works best for its members and see how they want to function.
Well-being and health: a priority for providers
We mentioned earlier that there are some apps that track sick people in the office. We could also see more and more providers implementing temperature control before entering a building and automating it to allow for an expedited entry process.
Once inside the building, contractors are very likely to turn to sensors to track densities and movements in the offices, to keep workers at bay first, and then, subsequently, to monitor any contamination.
This aspect is important, especially in common spaces, which are likely to be more frequented if a hybrid work model is set up with a few days a week in teleworking and others in coworking spaces. Many startups are already developing this kind of technology like Density, Outsight, Zensors and VergeSense.
An acceleration of digitization in our daily lives
It is very likely to also see a sharp increase in the digitization of objects around the office to facilitate the processes that we have already mentioned previously. Creating “smart” buildings by digitizing existing infrastructure is no small task, but it is a permanent means of ensuring the health and safety of employees.
This can range from creating a contactless entrance for elevators to implementing smart ventilation systems to filter out contaminated air. There are even other, more high-tech solutions to limit frequent elevator cleaning, such as the use of UVC rays to kill any pathogen in empty elevators.