What is an Executive Touch Down Space?

Most employees would like to choose when and where to work, yet historically their options were limited by location and availability of jobs. After the rise of remote work due to COVID, employees can finally choose – by quitting workplaces with strict policies in favor of new offices better configured to the hybrid workplace. One way to configure for a hybrid staff is to utilize Executive Touch-down Spaces. When the staff returns to the office, they want welcoming spaces flexibly configured for different work modes, infused with seamless technology, and authentic to the company’s mission and culture. The physical workspace of pre-2020 doesn’t work any longer. While there’s no one-size-fits-all solution for today’s environment, putting off starting to make the necessary adjustments may cause your talent to find employers who made changes to support their needs.

Google’s new meeting rooms are designed to put virtual attendees on the same footing as in-person attendees. Credit…Cayce Clifford for The New York Times

It’s time to change the way your office operates.

Even as HR creates new policies for these recent times, office supervisors and facilities managers have to envision more efficient workspaces for employees that do not need a dedicated full-time desk. Despite the rise in work from home, companies aren’t reducing their real estate portfolios. When in the office, employees need a combination of collaboration and heads-down work areas with lots of open space. Additionally, companies need a flagship HQ for visiting prospects, customers, and dignitaries. Finally, flexible workspaces that give employees enough personal space to feel safe and comfortable require more space utilization per employee. 

But even if discomfort with crowded spaces subsides, the demand for more square feet per person isn’t likely to follow suit. Workplaces now compete with the comforts of home. As a result, we want workplaces so inspired that employees who come in for one meeting decide to stay for the day. As a result, soft architecture, isolating “cocooning” furniture, neighborhoods, and social meeting areas have a higher square foot per person requirement than cubicles.

Rather than reduce office space now, many workplace leaders are testing to see what types of work settings will meet their employees’ needs.

One option is an Executive Touch-down Space.

Visiting employees, transitional workers, and those who work remotely from home face the same issue when coming to your office – Where do I sit? Instead of offering a selection from an open area of empty desks or set-up in the corner of the conference room, you can direct them to an Executive Touchdown Space.

Designed for transient work but substantial enough for client meetings or an all-day visitor, Executive Touch-down Spaces provide a welcoming office environment for heads-down and collaborative work for people who aren’t in the main office every day.

While spontaneous meeting spaces may range from a booth to a small room, an Executive Touch-down Space is often a private and comfortable space dedicated to one to six people for a short meeting or the entire day.

While all meeting spaces offer Wi-Fi and power connections, an executive touch-down space satisfies office needs like video-conferencing, printing, and high-speed internet. Unlike a conference room, casual touch-down spaces could have one or more counter-height tables with stools for relaxed but comfortable seating. Alternatively, a higher-end Executive Touch-down Space is more luxurious than a booth or lounge, often with a dedicated monitor and camera set-up for conferencing remote employees with the group and better seating than cafeteria stools.

As touch-down spaces are high in demand, easy-to-access software allows users to view a reservation calendar and book the room for themselves.

An Executive Touch-down Space can be flexible to meet your company’s specific needs. For example, maybe you want to break it down and move it from one building to another, or you can set up multiple spaces on the same floor without significant construction costs.

In addition to providing efficient and flexible space for your workers when they need it, an Executive Touch-down Space also:

  • Means transitory employees spend less time looking for an open desk when they arrive at the office
  • Is more inviting for guests you want to impress and employees you want to keep
  • Encourages workers to stay longer in the office, either coming in before a meeting or staying after, with all the benefits of face-to-face interaction with bosses and colleagues
  • Could be used as a training space for small groups who come together infrequently and need some privacy to learn

As you redesign your offices to benefit the organization and the employees, you will have more opportunities to help individuals and groups contribute, grow, and increase their satisfaction. In addition, the more flexibility and comfort you can build into your work environment, the more you will satisfy the vast array of daily needs you strive to meet.

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