Returning Workers Seek Workspaces That Address More Than Safety
April 15, 2021 at 05:00 AM EDT
2021 Pulse Point Occupants Survey Reveals Desires for Spaces Fit for Sustainability and Personal Well-BeingDESCRIPTION:
LANCASTER, Pa., April 15, 2021 /3BL Media/ – Employee expectations of post-pandemic indoor workspaces go beyond a “return to normal” and demonstrate a desire for spaces that put people in a better place, with an eye toward spaces that are more responsive to an ever-adapting world, according to a new survey conducted by Armstrong World Industries, Inc. (NYSE:AWI).
The survey “Making Space for A Resilient Future” revealed six trends that point to a need, and an opportunity, to approach the design of indoor workspaces more holistically, beyond merely fixing pandemic-related health and safety concerns.
Among the findings:
The survey comes as companies across the country, including Amazon, Duke Energy, Facebook, and Microsoft have announced total or hybrid returns to work in the coming months and into the fall.
Armstrong, a leader in the design and manufacture of innovative commercial and residential ceiling, wall and suspension system solutions, conducted the online survey of 1,000 U.S. workers who typically work in indoor environments in February 2021. It explored employee feelings about and perceptions of work environments at offices, schools, and healthcare facilities as a result of what has been experienced due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The findings are reflective of the pandemic’s influence in heightening awareness and understanding of the importance and interconnectivity of healthy environments and one’s own personal environment. These themes are echoed in new 2030 commitments from AWI to cultivate thriving environments for employees and communities, more actively meet demands for healthier, circular products, and do more with less to preserve and protect the planet’s resources.
“Attitudes of returning workers are clearly at an important inflection point,” said Mark Hershey, senior vice-president, and executive sponsor for sustainability at AWI. “As we work with leaders in architecture and design, we can see an opportunity for all workplace sponsors to prepare space in a way that restores trust by providing workspaces that are safe and healthy, supportive of well-being, and prepared and adaptable for the future,” he added.
The six pulse point trends show that:
Find more information in our downloadable infographic. To learn more about sustainability at AWI and our 2030 commitments visit www.armstrongceilings.com/sustainability. For more information on Armstrong solutions to create healthier spaces, visit www.healthyspaces.com
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