How is possible to keep the features of the contemporary office in the post-pandemic workplace? How we can combine the psychological and mandatory hygiene rules with subjects as wellbeing, user experience, community or organizational flexibility? To answer these questions, we have selected the webinar organized by Progetto CMR and Copernico for the lunching of Workcare for our WOWbinar column. Workcare is a protocol designed for companies which look for a tool to manage their workspaces making them safe, welcoming, dynamic and always in accordance with regulations.
Distancing and teleworking: in this corona virus pandemic, health management, also at a company level, has been and continues to be above all about space. Now, in the current phase of a gradual return to the office, space becomes even more the key platform for managing the organization.
If it is true that space must be rethought due to the changes in our ways of relating and producing and because it must comply with precise rules, it is also true that, as Alessandro Roj, Head of Business Development of Progetto CMR said, one must not commit the mistake to modify the offices in a hurry, without thinking about who and how the work is done inside.
“Much of our work is done before, through interviews where we investigate how companies have organized themselves and how they work and what kind of space is needed. In addition, while they find themselves having to rethink the operating model, they need to move towards a real smart working, going beyond the remote working we have mostly seen during the pandemic. Companies must first understand how this new operating model works”.
Alongside, as explained by Massimo Tarabusi, Copernico‘s Acquisition & Project Design, we must not leave behind all those small achievements that have represented the evolution of the workspace in recent years.
They are, for example, the concepts of user experience and wellbeing, of a holistic vision of the workspace as am environment of physical and mental ergonomics, hybridization and interfacing.
Moreover – as the evolution of the modern company focuses on the core business, organizing itself in networks and outsourcing systems – innovation, speed, flexibility, scalability and the acquisition of new talents to foster diversity within the team become even more evidently keywords since the lockdown period. As it is technology as an enabling and fundamental driver for agility, resilience and community management.
On this matter, the sense of community during the corona virus crisis is the one the best companies have worked the most on. “We must go back to physically meet. Innovation and an efficient way of working cannot exclude the physical encounter “, Massimo Tarabusi concluded before presenting two interesting app-based technological solutions designed by Copernico: Procurami, dedicated to an easier selection of outsourced services, and Nico, dedicated to the management and discovery of contacts, sharing and tools to facilitate connections in the digital environment.
The final message is optimistic: if on one hand, the pandemic has been an accelerator of processes already underway, on the other, it has pushed companies to go beyond the unthinkable: those who considered the organizational model based on smart working or delocalized work systems impossible, they managed to experiment exactly the opposite.
As Susanna Di Vincenzo, Business Development Manager of Econocom Italia, said, in talking about the experience of her company, in this phase of a gradual return to the office “we will have different awareness and new habits that can lead us to innovation and to welcome changes in an unusual way, more calmly and happily. We have now adapted to changes with a sense of obligation, but man is an adapting animal, this is a characteristic that we must always take into account. ”
Text by Gabriele Masi.