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WJR Business Beat with Jeff Sloan: Office Space Changes (Episode 129)

While work from home is here to stay in various ways, the great migration back into offices and workspaces around the country is underway. The trick is going to be how to get people to work together in a way that increases collaboration but decreases the fear factor of being too close to one another.

Tune in to this morning’s WJR Business Beat to hear more from Jeff:


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“The new normal is being shaped by pressures associated with the COVID crisis, and business owners and employees alike are facing the challenge of trying to navigate how to have people safely in a space together in order to optimize productivity, and yet at the same time, ensure everyone’s safety.”

– Jeff Sloan

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WJR Business Beat Transcript

Good morning, Paul.

While work from home is here to stay in various ways, even being considered as a permanent choice for some companies, for the significant majority of companies, the great migration back into offices and workspaces around the country is underway.

Returning to work in some capacity is picking up momentum among some companies in the U.S., and there’s a new buzzword emerging that defines the central component of any return to work program, and that is dedensification. The trick is going to be how to get people to work together in a way that increases collaboration but decreases the fear factor being on top of one another, or too close to one another, as was the case during the old normal.

Now, there is one thing we can be certain of: what was in vogue just before the pandemic hit, the concept of having an open floor plan, is now going by the wayside. Companies are having to rethink the merits of that now and at a minimum, companies are having to do extensive retooling of existing space to meet these requirements. Here come the walls, both permanent and for cubicles, and certainly spacing of each worker will be expanded. As an employee working in a given space, you’ll likely have the same amount of space you had before, but you’ll have fewer people in that given space at any given time.

In addition, other aspects of this new normal of returning to work will include strict capacity guidelines for use of all rooms and spaces. Physical demarcations that’ll be placed in rooms like large conference rooms indicating where you can and can’t sit, temporary dividers that will be erected to keep people intentionally apart from one another, and there are even conversations around getting rid of the idea of a centralized headquarters and going with a series of satellites, smaller offices instead.

The new normal is being shaped by pressures associated with the COVID crisis, and business owners and employees alike are facing the challenge of trying to navigate how to have people safely in a space together in order to optimize productivity, and yet at the same time, ensure everyone’s safety.

To achieve this, get ready for the great coming dedensification of the American office workspace.

I’m Jeff Sloan, founder and CEO of StartupNation.com, and that’s today’s Business Beat on the Great Voice of the Great Lakes, WJR.

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