As we enter 2022, we continue to see a shift in the physical workplace and what the future of offices will be. Here are some trends we are seeing as we enter into 2022:
- Downsizing: Going by the average, a standard office lease for a nonprofit in the USA will be around $5,000 per person per year. This figure will vary widely depending on locality and personal circumstances, but either way, the square footage of the office accounts for a big chunk of a nonprofit’s overhead. 2022 should be a time to re-evaluate your physical space needs:
- Can some employees work remotely? Over the last two years we have been able to get a real grasp on how productive one can be from home and what job functions can be done remotely.
- Can you have a rotating office? Maybe switching on and off who works in the office and from home to reduce your overhead.
- Safety first! As we enter 2022 disinfection will need to be done more regularly. Make sure that you are buying durable furniture. You should look for materials that will not show signs of wear and tear after continuous cleanings, such as leather and metal.
- Stay 6 ft apart! Work stations will continue to prioritize physical distancing in order to ensure all feel safe.
- Malleable space: Moveable desks, walls, and open space will allow you to rework your office space based on your needs, which could change on a daily basis. Space will need to be much more dynamic going forward.
- Proper Ventilation is also something that an open office layout will help, but you should also consider better air filters, windows that open, etc.
- Limiting contact with automatic doors, contactless dispensers for soaps and disinfectants, and non-contact flushing systems. Your goal should be to reduce the touchpoint for germs.
- Outdoor areas and plants: not only do plants improve air quality and provide for a green work environment, they also reduce stress levels.
James Laino, CPA
James is a member of Cerini & Associates’ senior audit staff where he works with our education and school district clients. James conducts claims audits at various school districts on Long Island.