Is Your Office Ready?

We explain what companies need to do in bringing their teams back to the office. We also share how we are planning to get our office ready and entice people back to the office.

The core challenges businesses face to get their people back to the office are that many people enjoy working from home, and there’s a big focus on people’s attitudes towards COVID and staying safe. Many people have misconceptions that making your office COVID secure is going to be extremely costly. Some simple measures that have been relatively inexpensive to achieve combined with a focus on people’s behaviours have proved very effective.

01. People need people

The main reason that businesses will want to start transitioning people back to the office is that people need people. They inspire each other. They give each other confidence, and that is all about health and wellbeing. The culture of your company and the ability to work together is what makes your brand.

02. Compromised culture

In the initial period of the pandemic, everybody went to work from home. When you’ve got new people joining or when you just haven’t seen your team for many months, those relationships are going to start to break down. Your ability to be creative and collaborate is going to be affected. Your culture as a business is going to be compromised. Therefore, your financials could be affected by that.

03. Virtual burnout

The main challenge working from home can be distractions of family life, not having a great setup and the technology side of things. But the main challenge was loneliness during locked down. Loneliness is one of the major driving factors for people coming back to work.

The other thing is virtual burnout, making call after call after call on Teams or Zoom. When you become locked in a single environment, it becomes much harder to be creative going forward. Having space available for your employees to come to is going to be valuable.

Companies need to entice people back to the office.

During the pandemic, we have been working on our office ‘Revitalise & Reset’ project. We are going through the planning and design process. We have incorporated COVID requirements. The now is about an immediate reaction to what we can do in line with the current guidelines and the transition in getting people back to the office.

Zircon Interiors layout plan
Zircon Interiors HQ, design plan

Zircon Interiors provides office fitout services in terms of the physical design and build, but we’re also able to give advice and consultancy to companies looking to relocate. We offer bespoke commercial fitouts and refurbishments in Melbourne, Sydney and throughout Australia. We will advise our clients in line with the current guidelines, with keeping their people safe. We have over 30 years of experience that we can share with others. The workplace is different for all of our clients. But we’re here to go on that journey with them, and we will use our experience to make sure it’s a seamless journey.

We’re ready to rethink your workspace and help bring people back to the office.

Enhancing the future workplace experience

With over 30 years of office fitout experience, our clients have become long-term partners. Our conversations are about the future workplace solutions we can co-create to manage change and grow business. We want to share these insights with our community on overcoming barriers and embracing change. Creating a new blended future workplace, where working from home is combined with time in the office.

Over the past months, we have seen new ideas that will impact the future workplace. Our workforce is more potent than ever before. We see the opportunity to elevate the purpose of the workplace.

Innovation can’t continue without human interaction. We need to create versatile and intuitive workspaces. Teams need to work to their best abilities. Some essential factors will be mobility, scalability, and future-proofing.

Bravura Group reached out to our Zircon Interiors Sydney team to design and build their office refurbishment in Sydney. A complete redesign for 155 staff. Utilizing the space better and including additional meeting areas.

Future workspace with large table for hot desking

The key features of the Bravura project revolved around custom joinery. With a lust plant wall in reception and a stunning feature kitchen. Another aspect of the project is the up-spec of LED lighting, paint and carpet.

Reception desk with plant wall in the future workplace

Modern office kitchen

As a commercial office fitout company, we design and build creative solutions for the modern future workplace. We work in collaboration with our clients and their teams. Customizing spaces to meet individual needs. Areas need to be scalable, from open-plan to breakout. Our interior design team provide a range of different ambient spaces to enhance the experience and inspire work.

The future workplace has a substantial impact on emotions and behaviour. People need to feel secure and supported. A workplace can enable a culture of trust and transparency. Enhanced through aspects of nature-inspired gardens for reset and rejuvenation. Cave-like spaces for focused, quiet work. 

Sayfa Group is an organization with one unique staff culture. Their recently completed commercial office fit out improved workflow between the different teams. Provided more staff breakout spaces.

Office break-out space with seating

Sayfa Group’s head office partnered with Zircon Interiors Melbourne to design and construct the new state of the art fit out. This office refurbishment is an excellent example of how our environment influences company culture and staff motivation.

Office kitchen and staff dining in the future workplace

People want to return to the office to unite with colleagues in a shared purpose and social aspect. Capturing this tribe mentality is harder to achieve over virtual meetings. A modern flexible office needs to encourage desired behaviours and build community and trust.

People need freedom of choice. Otherwise, they can feel stuck in the status quo. Monotony and immobility can lead to an undesirable culture. Inspiring workspaces encourage a sense of discovery. They make work more memorable, from physical, social and digital work areas.

Physical

Businesses must provide a safe space that considers both mental and physical health. Offices provide great intellectual and social nourishment. Often better working facilities than in the home. 

Social

The office environment needs to support inclusion and provide co-creation for teams. Working from home has the potential to lead to disaggregation from other groups within the business. 

Digital

Teams will harness the capabilities of technology to enhance the workplace experience. From the smallest device through to an entire building. 

Campari Group is one such business that needed a unique design to infuse its culture. With dynamic spaces where staff could meet and collaborate. Our Zircon Interiors Melbourne team worked closely with the group. Creating an open-plan workspace on one level and a central kitchen leading outdoors. The office and warehouse staff can mingle together for Friday night drinks. 

Office kitchen and drinks bar in the future workplace

The future workplace will be designed and built for the physical, digital and social aspects. The office will become a place where its people can experience the culture and mission of the business. 


Rethinking your future workplace? Contact us about your bespoke office fitout solution.