05 October 2021
Curated by: Redazione IVM

Return to the office: emerging trends and unexplored directions

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Developments in the world of work and stories from the most successful businesses show that people are companies’ most valuable resources.

For this reason, innumerable studies in the field of design are performed with a focus on individuals, who are resources capable of sharing values, emotions, skills and projects.

Today, all this has become indispensable. People increasingly demonstrate a need to work together, in close contact, playing a primary role in the company, and representing an essential part of a socially inclusive context.

The setting, the atmosphere, facial expressions and the subtlety of communication using the eyes and body language, are elements that can never be reproduced in other contexts or replaced by virtual systems.

For this reason, today it is fundamental to think out of the box, extending the view of the office to include the design of new, more dynamic spaces that create a real connection with people.

An example is the Multi-purpose room, an increasingly common interior within companies, hallmarked by versatility and multi-functionality.

This is particularly effective as a space for many corporate activities, such as company training sessions, meetings, and interactive brainstorming discussions.


An all-inclusive workspace

A unique characteristic of this space is the fact that it is all-inclusive – in other words, it has everything necessary for performing various activities and experiencing periods of sharing that may be of protracted duration.

In fact, it can include a lounge area for moments of relaxation, or remote pods, for when a person needs an interlude of privacy.

Its multi-purpose nature is also expressed by features of its walls, which may be designed to be magnetic and writeable, for use in corporate meetings, or that may have partitions that can be used to create breakout rooms.

Whatever the function of the Multi-purpose room, it has to be designed primarily in consideration of employee wellness.


Blended learning

Focusing on workers also means enabling contact between those who are physically present in the office and those who work remotely. This aspect is fundamental particularly for instructional activities, which cannot be satisfactorily delivered either through the classic one-to-one training method, or by means of virtual, online sessions.

For this reason, blended learning has appeared: this is a method of instruction that can combine the benefits of face-to-face training with those of online tuition systems.

Before adopting this method, as it combines different training proposals, it is essential that there is a space in the company enabling the coexistence of face-to-face and virtual instruction.

The Multi-purpose room represents the perfect solution for implementing this requirement.


The benefits blended learning

This new model can provide many benefits for the companies using it, in terms of flexibility, interactivity, ongoing feedback, progress assessment and the improvement of working activities.

More specifically, we are referring to the Flipped Classroom approach – one of the four blended learning models best suited to a corporate structure.

The online part of this method privileges the use of tools such as apps, webinars, virtual classes or pre-recorded video-courses. Offline, training is more experiential in character, benefiting from the presence of trainers who supervise employees step-by-step, in a process comprising theory and practice.

In this new dimension, learning takes on more innovative and inclusive characteristics, factors that are pivotal in the contemporary context of work, in which meeting becomes a fundamental key encouraging communications and relations between individuals.

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