新冠疫情以后的办公场所设计

As the world adopts new ways of working in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, SmithGroup’s Workplace Leaders are helping clients develop holistic approaches for returning to the office. Centered around the employee experience, this thought process and approach allow organizations to reimagine their workplaces in a holistic way while ensuring employee safety and well-being remain a top priority. As we take immediate actions in relation to this global crisis, we also seek to Design a Better Future that brings enduring value to our clients and helps us prepare for and create what comes next.

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A HOLISTIC APPROACH FOR RETURNING TO THE OFFICE AFTER COVID-19

There is much to consider when deciding when and how to invite employees to return to their offices following the COVID-19 pandemic. Though timing and specifics of reintegration plans will vary based upon geography and the unique needs of one’s company, organizations must look holistically at how return to work decisions will impact productivity, efficiency, engagement, culture, collaboration, connectivity, and more. They must also consider the range of emotions that employees will be feeling regarding this experience.

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COVID-19 AND THE WORKPLACE: EXPLORING THE POWER OF "E" WITHIN OUR ORGANIZATIONS 

In advanced mathematics, the constant “e” (yes, that tiny little lower-case vowel) is a pretty big deal. Frequently used in complex equations, it holds eminent importance – allowing one to explore the most complicated problems with elegant simplicity. In the English language, tacking an “e” onto the end of a word can also be quite powerful, leading to grande variations in meaning, intent and purpose.And in the midst of a global pandemic, “e” is transforming how we see and engage with one another – taking us from human to humane.Will this shift remain once normalcy sets in? Let’s explore.

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PREPARING OFFICE ENGINEERING SYSTEMS FOLLOWING COVID-19 

Office buildings across the country have either been unoccupied or had extremely limited occupancy for the past several months. When it comes to changes or adjustments to building systems, there are reasonable precautions that can help minimize the transmission of the COVID-19 virus and prepare our building systems to be fully functional after being dormant.

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WORKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

We are in an unusual time marked by more than a little uncertainty about our future. Pondering the long-term impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on our society, our economy and our profession can be overwhelming. Yet, times like this can also provide an opportunity to reflect on the paradigms and assumptions on which we base our work. 

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BIOSAFETY BEST PRACTICES TO HELP INFORM EVERYDAY ENVIRONMENTS

SmithGroup’s Science & Technology Practice Director and Senior Lab Planners collectively envisioned what non-scientific environments could learn from laboratory biosafety measures. With a healthier, safer environment as a feasible outcome, it is a possibility worth considering.

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BACK TO THE [FUTURE] WORKPLACE

In May 2020, the workplace studios in SmithGroup’s Los Angeles and San Diego offices convened a virtual event with real estate, facilities and workplace leaders to discuss the impacts of the current health crisis on the future of the workplace.  

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A HOLISTIC APPROACH FOR RETURNING TO THE OFFICE AFTER COVID-19

How can companies create workplaces that help build successful, high-functioning teams and support each unique team member’s physical and mental well-being? Learn from a recent Perspectives panel including real estate directors, human resources professionals and designers who are creating holistic workplaces that actively support the entire employee.

IS COVID-19 HUMANIZING THE WORKFORCE?

The COVID-19 pandemic caused seismic shifts in operations for companies around the world. As we prepare to return to the physical workplace, how can businesses reintegrate staff back into their office in a safe, humane and thoughtful way? SmithGroup Workplace Practice Director, Lise Newman, joined CoreNet Global North Texas Chapter for a virtual panel discussion on safeguarding employees and addressing their concerns as we re-enter the post-pandemic workplace.