The health crisis has brought its share of new demands on employees, particularly in terms of working methods. Today, discover the column by Robert Acouri, President of the Cider Group, published on the JDN website. If its end was already near before the pandemic, open space is gradually giving way to the dynamic office, a true “ubi-office” with multiple promises for companies and employees.
THIS TIME IT’S SURE: OPEN SPACE IS DEAD
The end of the open space era has come. Although widely practiced pre-crisis, it is now well and truly put on the sidelines by employees who now have new expectations regarding their work environment. Exit the noisy workplace where employees have no choice but to show their presence from 9am to 6pm. The typical equation of open space “a workstation = an employee” seems derisory. Choosing your desk according to your need for concentration, depending on the type of seat or your exposure to natural light has now become a necessity. The FlexCab acoustic cab and the Rolling Desk mobile desk, products by Cider, perfectly meet this need for optimal concentration. Valet mobile armchairs and sofas dress informal and convivial spaces with style while allowing an optimized transformation according to desires.
Post-crisis, the notion of a collaborative office seems to tick all the boxes for these employees who refuse a return to “previous work”. This is a boon, because the shared office also keeps an eye on executives who need to reduce their office space in order to reduce their real estate costs.
THE DYNAMIC OFFICE IS FINALLY ON THE RISE
And yet… the dynamic and collaborative office has long been shunned by employees. How to say goodbye to family photos on your desk or to your favorite snacks in the drawer? The answer is simple: the shared office serves the employee experience above all. The spaces are more lively, more stimulating and really meet the needs of employees. The furniture, meanwhile, is ergonomic and has been designed to meet specific uses. Finally, the common areas are more pleasant and helpful to allow teams to meet and collaborate better.
Employees then move from a sedentary working life to a nomadic one without leaving their working environment by going from space to space, from workplace to meeting place. By creating this effervescence, the ubi-bureau contributes to the strengthening of the social bond in business and the development of the sense of belonging. The list of benefits of the dynamic office is long. Proof is: a multitude of large companies have already made the bet of the shared office inspired by the codes of coworking like Danone or Emerson, a layout signed Cider.
For illustrations of this emergence of coworking, projects such as Wojo, Raiselab and Le Connecteur, have been emerging for a few years. What do they have in common? They are sites mixing place of life and workspace to meet all uses, and real models of user experience multiplied. Cider accompanied these projects and made possible the alliance between design and functionality in these spaces.