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Post COVID - 6 Ways to Make Your Office More Human

And throughout all this ‘return to the office’ planning, we’ve been thinking about our people. How will they feel? What can we do to keep them safe and connected? Are there ways we can help reduce stress?

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Together with technology professionals, architects, and policy makers, we’re creating a state-of-the-art Interactive Learning Center, located here in San Francisco. One that puts ideas into action, and a place where we can get a glimpse of a safe, connected future work experiences that puts existing technology to work in a way that makes our return to the workplace better than the one we left.

The Bechtel Family Center for Ocean Education and Leadership is a fresh new presence on the Monterey peninsula. And it’s the largest physical expansion of the Bay Area’s beloved Monterey Bay Aquarium.

Maintaining the capability to provide care to residents in their own “home” with dignity and safety is a key tenant to supporting seniors. It will require creativity, innovation and adjustment to senior community design, planning and specialized technologies to accomplish, but the health and social benefits to our growing senior population will be worth the effort.

Consider this: before COVID-19, school facilities were only in use 18% of the time. Now, as we potentially face new hybrid models of learning where parents take a more active role in their kids’ education, what will our learning environments become?

As telemedicine becomes the expectation rather than the exception, how might the experience become more human in the process?

What if classrooms could feel more like natural environments, and help make us happier, more connected, and kinder learners and educators? What if returning to our roots, through connection to nature and biophilic elements, could redefine what learning spaces could be?

And throughout all this ‘return to the office’ planning, we’ve been thinking about our people. How will they feel? What can we do to keep them safe and connected? Are there ways we can help reduce stress?

One of the most compelling drivers of connection is our sense of propinquity. This is our natural human tendency to develop tight interpersonal bonds with the people or things that are closest to us.

COVID-19 is challenging us. But those challenges are also helping us reexamine our previous assumptions of how medical facility rooms of all types can and should function.

Borrowing from Abraham Maslow’s research, this outline presents a hierarchical guide we developed to help organizations reopen their doors and address the concerns, needs, and hopes for their employees in a post COVID-19 work environment.

As we look back over the past ten weeks, COVID 19 has exposed unexpected challenges and new inequities across education. As many articles on education have exposed, the lack of access to education is both a tragedy and systemic problem that has negatively impacted our young learners and their families.

How our new two-story indoor loft was designed, built and is redefining how and where work gets done.