"For a long time, we have been talking about the office workspace of the future as something developing a couple of years ahead. The corona punctured this feeling within just one year: The future office space is right here right now!"
Global companies are currently focusing on how the new workflows of the post-corona future will turn upside down changing their office designs and interiors," the newly appointed Kinnarps Denmark CEO Jeanette Qvarnstrøm says.
After having filled several leading sales and marketing functions for the past 23 years, she recently appointed to the head of the Danish department of one of Europe's largest suppliers of sustainable office furniture and ergonomic workplace solutions.
Long before the spring's first corona reopens, Kinnarps could feel companies' interest in embracing the new reality: How should we work in the future? And how can we design an attractive and productive workplace that can meet the new requirements, needs and expectations?
"The past year has taught us that we can work well in other ways, stay productive and motivated to perform from our home offices, where we have developed new work habits, strengths, and new expectations.
We have become accustomed to the fact that our private and working lives flow together during the day. We now know that we can work anywhere - and so do our employers," Jeanette Qvarnstrøm says.
Corona has changed employees' work patterns and workflows forever. Companies
need to create new flexible work environments that suit employees individually as
well as with teamwork. Photos: Kinnarps
"The pandemic has changed employees' work patterns and workflows forever, but we also notice how we still have a basic need for interaction.
The companies can not just update their old office spaces but have to design new flexible work environments that suit their employees individually and with teamwork," Jeanette Qvarnstrøm adds.
Brand and culture
Many companies have been foresighted and used the corona lockdowns to rethink new office environments and designs that can meet future needs and match the current changes of their employees' workflows.
The post-covid office should be a place where companies can reflect their brand and culture. The community and the culture are the most significant aspects of the office workplace because those can´t recreate at home.
We now know that we are capable of working everywhere - so are our employers.
But still, we feel a basic need for interaction," newly appointed Kinnarps Denmark
CEO Jeanette Qvarnstrøm underlines.
"It is so important that companies plan and design their new office spaces, environments, and zones to scale up and down easily according to our changing needs. Besides, The increased flexibility and freedom of choice can help retain and attract skilled people," Kinnarps' CEO explains.
"At Kinnarps, we experience our companies clients as most changeable, flexible and responsive to our advice and expert support when presenting exciting options for flexible and tailored interior design."
During the corona lockdown, Kinnarps has designed several home workstations and offices with ergonomic furniture for private and public company employees also.
"We are very well prepared for the post-corona transition boom awaiting us because of our wide range of powerful design tools. Our popular analysis Next Office has over the years supported our customers doing value-creating changes in their physical environments," Jeanette Qvarnstrøm says.
"It is crucial that companies immediately start adapting to the post-corona time for
the future of your office workplace - that´s right here right now," the new Kinnarps
Denmark CEO points out.
"Although many office workers have thrived on working from home, all current research shows that in the long run, our working life can not do without the social contacts and inspiring interactions of our workplaces.
That is why it is so crucial that companies immediately start adapting to the new times - for the future of your office workplace, that´s right here right now ...!" ●
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