What will change when we return from quarantine?
As we transition back into the office, there are many unknowns in terms of what the day-to-day will look like and, while it may feel like we will be distancing ourselves from others, this new normal might actually bring us closer together. There are many design and product considerations that will drive a successful return to the office. Work station design, office layouts, wall cladding materials, sensor-activated fixtures will all play a key role in keeping our offices safe and reduce the risk of future outbreaks. The new office space might be less populated but in making it safe for employees to return, we will see a lot of new innovations that have been a long time in the making. We will be physically distancing ourselves but actually, more connected than ever before with video conferencing, coordinated schedules and even more privacy in the open floor plans that everyone is accustomed to. In fact, the open floor plan might have been a blank slate allowing us to make these important shifts as we return to work and design and craft our new normal.