Considerations for the New Workplace



Communal Engagement

Coming together as a team to interact, brainstorm, and solve problems is still a key purpose for workspaces. However, in this new era, special care and consideration need to be given to ensure spaces perform while still providing peace of mind for users. By providing proper distancing, reducing density, and dedicating room assignments, communal spaces can safely accommodate team collaboration. Allowing schedule flexibility and establishing strict cleaning protocols create spaces that can remain a welcoming destination for interactive team activities.


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Purposeful Solitude

When working alone or working alone together, these spaces must support individual focus work while giving employees a sense of personal security. As our employees return to the workplace, offering an ecosystem of thoughtfully designed and socially distanced spaces was crucial in supporting their needs. An array of spaces that incorporate cleanable surfaces, visual privacy, and enhanced acoustics also help employees play an active role in their workplace wellness. Whether a work pod, focus space, workstation, quiet room, or enclave, solutions from National can help drive productivity up and stress down.


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The balance between collaboration and focus in both physical and digital environments is critical. A hybrid workspace supports a mix of both remote and in-office employees, enabling them to transition between spaces. This solution can soften the anxiety of returning to the workplace and help employees find comfort. Through transparent communication and setting clear expectations, hybrid spaces can foster fellowship, accessibility, and solidarity. For some employers, a hybrid model provides the opportunity to reduce their footprint by offering fewer overall workspaces. Touchdown areas can be utilized in rotation by multiple employees, removing dedicated spaces but adding flexibility. With camaraderie and connection noted as the most missed aspects of daily office life, providing safe yet welcoming spaces to rebuild a sense of community is critical for workers returning to the workplace.


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All elements of the office should be designed to give the company the ability to evolve over time. The number of desks and conference spaces will change as employees settle into patterns. Moveable elements such as modular furniture or space dividers and screens will be commonly used and rearranged. This flexibility is critical for a successful space.






Resources + Downloads

From research documents to sales sheets and pricing info, here’s where you’ll find everything to help you with your return to work journey.