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20 July 2020 | by Ann Clarke
It is proven and widely recognising that strong social connections in the workplace make employees happy and healthier, which also translates into greater productivity.
After a prolonged period of isolation, employees will crave greater face to face connection and businesses will realise it’s what’s been missing too. While employees may have been working productively at home, the benefits of planned and impromptu get-togethers and the ideas and knowledge that can be shared, will have been lacking. Consequently, employers will be forced to rethink what they need from their workplaces.
This doesn’t mean that office interior design will be overhauled as soon as life returns to normal – but rather that business leaders will need to reconsider their workplace priorities. Lockdown has shown that all employees don’t have to be in the same space every day and that it’s perhaps not the best use of space or cost. It’s also helped business leaders to see what their businesses need to thrive, rather than just survive.
The one thing that unites all of these spaces is variety – each of these businesses has recognised the importance of variety and choice in bringing people together and encouraging interaction. Whether that’s people having lunch, informal meetings, team-catch ups, after work drinks or video-game sessions, the benefits are the same. The more sociability and collaboration there is in the workplace the better. Loyal teams are happy, healthy and productive and they build successful businesses. In the wake of Covid19, that’s exactly what we’ll need more of.
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