With lifting restrictions, re-entry into a post-pandemic world has been notably less abrupt and more gradual than its onset. Even so, planning is taking place: planning for our future selves. After months of forced introspection and an awakening to what really matters most to us on an individual level internal changes and good habits have become an important part of our lives. The idea of re-emerging into the workplace to show off our new re-evaluated and value grounded self is appealing and begs the question, what settings will the future version of ourselves want to work in, and what aspects of the office we are coming back to will help us maintain the internal changes and good habits we have gained?
With a new combined ‘future we’ re-entering the workplace office environments are greeting us with a deep focus on adapting to change. We know change is good; there are countless examples in history of how change has brought society to new heights which can be explored with our Future Smart concept. Along with embracing change, how can the office support the positive personal transformations we have gone through and embrace the good habits we would like to hold on to? Will the future office value our concept of the future selves we would like to bring into the work environment?
Looking to key factors contributing to our personal transformations can provide insight assuring a welcome transition back into the workplace, embracing the personal changes we have experienced and nurtured. The comforts of home, an important catalyst to the process of our change, is a great place to uncover and understand deeply personal motivations that played a role in sparking the future self we will be taking back our work environments.
Besides gaining back 3 hours of personal time every day from the commute, one of the most significant changes in my life has been a focus on eating healthy home cooked lunches with the temptations from the food court no longer an option. The availability of a kitchen and fresh ingredients from the fridge has steered me to healthier eating habits I am not looking to let go of anytime soon. We have all heard of small studio offices or bespoke tech firms keeping fridges full of healthy foods and snacks for staff on hand, perhaps this is an amenity we will see more widely available in the future office for those who gained healthy eating habits to hold onto.