Introduction to post coronavirus workplaces and what to expect.
In the coming weeks and months, we will be gradually getting our teams back to the workplace, but it is likely that social distancing will be necessary for many months to come.
Returning to work will happen in stages and there is no doubt that this transition time will be stressful for both employers and employees.
We have therefore compiled a quick checklist of simple measures to help protect your employees and greatly reduce the risk of the spread of bacteria.
The office culture across the UK is about to change. Due to COVID-19 pandemic, most businesses will not return to business as usual. When companies reopen their offices, re-configuring office space and introducing additional safety measures such as managing movement in the offices and ensuring workers are shielded and working more than two metres apart from each other will be key.
Most offices are going to see big changes in the way they work, in the way they interact and in the way they collaborate. COVID-19 outbreak has impacted most of us especially our emotional wellbeing and mental health. Now we need to get ready for the next step. The transition in order to get our businesses and economy back on track. Although, it is impossible to predict what may happen next, we can only guess and be ready for what is about to come. It’s important to understand that everyone deals with transitions differently. Some people adapt quickly to changes and some struggle. The anxiety of change can be very difficult to deal with and it’s likely the expectations will be different from person to person in your organisation which could create strains across generations in the workplace.
Century Office have been investigating options to help our customers to re-configure their offices in simple but effective ways which will offer more protection to their office workers than their current office layouts. Employees will not return to an office if it isn’t safe and companies’ current contemporary informal open plan set-up needs to be modified. So how can we make offices safer but still promote togetherness, innovation and efficiency?
We have created some illustrations showing ways of changing office desk configurations to create greater space between your team members.
Here are some points to consider when you are thinking about re-configuring your office:
It’s likely that before we start welcoming visitors to our workplaces, we can expect to spend much time meeting virtually with our customers and suppliers rather than sitting face-to-face around the meeting table.
With that in mind, we would recommend to thin out the meeting rooms to safely accommodate smaller groups with greater distancing. It’s important to remove alternative chairs and ensure there is always a 2m space in every direction between the chair positions. There is also the potential to use these rooms to create working space for members of the team thus allowing us to provide greater distancing in office areas. If meeting tables are modular and can be separated, do so to increase the distancing further. It’s recommended to even meet standing up in the open areas of your office. By using flexible tools, movable furniture solutions and screens you can easily create a safe and productive meeting area.
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