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4 characteristics of the perfect post-pandemic office space

As STEAMhouse plan the launch of their new building in Birmingham City Centre – and, within it, their inspirational, flexible office spaces available to businesses –we list four aspects employers are looking for as we welcome a new post-pandemic era for the office workplace.
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4 characteristics of the perfect post-pandemic office space

As STEAMhouse plan the launch of their new building in Birmingham City Centre – and, within it, their inspirational, flexible office spaces available to businesses –we list four aspects employers are looking for as we welcome a new post-pandemic era for the office workplace.
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1). A workplace with wellbeing at its core

STEAMhouse’s office space is the perfect destination for large and mid-sized businesses and organisations to bring their team back together and, crucially, provide a better sense of wellbeing among staff.

The ramifications of Covid-19 have placed a considerable strain on businesses and their staff, with 80 percent of organisations worried about the impact the pandemic has had on their employees’ mental and physical health.

They are right to be concerned – according to a survey from The Royal Society of Public Health, 67 percent of employees have felt less connected to colleagues, while 46 percent are taking less exercise.

Do these issues sound familiar? If so, STEAMhouse’s new office workplaces have community wellbeing in mind, offering a range of amenities to ensure businesses and their employees can be productive, happy and healthy.

Your employees won’t be in a stuffy office. They’ll be working in a bright environment bathed in natural light.

They’ll also have the option to work and collaborate in STEAMhouse’s central café and co-working spaces, as well as enjoying the benefits of a bookable large garden roof terrace.

Conveniently located, your staff can also stretch their legs and enjoy some relaxation by taking in Birmingham’s city parks, canal walks and extensive range of bars, theatres, restaurants and museums.

With multiple shower rooms, changing facilities, and a host of bike and foldable cycle spaces available, the STEAMhouse building offers businesses immediate access to the city’s new cycle network, creating an all-encompassing space that will sustain and enhance your staff’s health and wellbeing.

Click play to watch a fly-through of the STEAMhouse building.

2). Flexibility is at the forefront

In the wake of Covid-19, businesses have much different needs when it comes to office space. As a recent article in Fortune stated, “the future of the office market is productivity. The location of the office won’t change…it’s the utilisation of that space that changes.”

Thus, flexibility and the option to have an adjustable workspace – where employees can curate the office to their needs – is vital.

STEAMhouse’s co-working spaces match the demands of businesses post-pandemic with office space that can meet whatever requirements an organisation needs.

The five-storey building boasts creative project and prototyping areas, a full digital suite and XR studio, as well as spaces for meetings, networking, exhibitions and individual work. There are also dedicated areas for learning.

It’s this adaptability, flexibility and access to top-of-the-range facilities that makes STEAMhouse stand out, offering space that can be utilised by your business in any way you need.

3). Collaboration is key

STEAMhouse is a community of likeminded entrepreneurs, business leaders, design practitioners, academics and many more, all keen to collaborate and share their knowledge.

It’s a place where collaboration is king, replete with co-working spaces where new businesses can be developed and boundaries can be pushed.

Being able to create and share ideas is an essential component of the post-pandemic office space, according to a recent Today article.

“People have been missing the networking that happens at the water cooler and break room,” it states. “A lot of organisations believe that innovation, collaboration and networking have to happen in a workplace.”

For larger businesses, STEAMhouse offers a fantastic opportunity to foster better and stronger collaborations.

“Pushing ideas out of each other is really hard when you’re staring at a screen all day,” business leader Nick Romito states. “These teams want to be together. You can’t translate it all into a remote environment.”

With a multitude of breakout areas, meeting rooms and collaboration spaces, STEAMhouse offers the perfect model for meeting and collaborating.

It’s a thought echoed by many – 87 percent of company leaders believe the function of the office is important for team building and collaboration.

4). Take sustainability seriously

STEAMhouse has a strong sustainability focus, minimising negative local impacts, improving green areas, reducing consumption and increasing the use of renewable energy.

The space is aspiring to achieve a five percent reduction in CO2 emissions, as well as a ‘Very Good’ rating from BREEAM, the world’s leading sustainability assessment method. 

These achievements and aspirations match the demands of many business leaders and their employees, with three-quarters of SME staff stating that sustainability is important to them. 

Therefore, it’s likely your future employees will not only choose their workplace based on its facilities and lifestyle, but also on the sustainability credentials it holds.

Looking for a new and inspirational destination to base your business and bring your team back together? Discover more and request a tour of STEAMhouse’s office space.

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