We’ve been looking at floorplans and realise that in the near term, to maintain a social distance, most modern open plan designs can only accept 25% to 30% of desks being occupied. That pushes occupancy from 9 square meters per head to approximately 30 square meters per head. So we either attend the office on a rota, or “ We’re going to need a bigger boat!”
Also, the future of meeting rooms is in question. For a while now we have been looking at our meeting room portfolio with a jaundiced eye, as the majority of our meetings take place between 1 to 4 people, but, in common with many, we have a portfolio that has a majority of rooms for 6 and above. Our plan was to utilise more modular booths and split some of the larger rooms, but honestly, does anyone want to sit in confined spaces with other people anymore? A bit of geometry tells me that a circular meeting table big enough to allow 4 people to maintain the requisite 2m distancing is a minimum of 5 sqm, and that’s before we work out how to make it private enough so other people don’t overhear the conversation.
These questions lead me to ponder what was, only a month or two ago, the unthinkable… Will cubicles make a comeback?
Privacy, distance, flexibility… they seem to have it all.
In the end we all end up asking the same question….
Will the office ever be the same again?