As we return to the office after 3 months of closure, the office has to implement new safety protocols and adapt to what’s called the “new normal”. Future workspaces will be designed to respect social distancing.
- Redesigning the workspace: Offices need to increase space between people and decrease density. Installing plexiglass between desk cubicles and adding movable walls is a great idea.
- Changing cleaning routines: deep cleaning and increasing the number of cleaning staff is next. Getting more disinfectant supplies like hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes. Installing as much as hand sanitizing stations as possible like in elevators or entrance areas.
- New work schedule: Dividing into teams that would rotate work from home and going to the office every other week. Encouraging the idea of remote work and making some roles permanently work from home.
- No more common areas like the cafeteria or the coffee station. Limiting the number of people and maintaining 6 feet away from each other.
- Changing the way we do meetings means no more meetings in small spaces. Meetings in large conference rooms should respect spatial distancing.
- Increasing paid time off for illness, employees shouldn’t be afraid of reporting or taking absences for being sick.
- Wearing masks will become the new norm as well.
- Daily temperature checks: More importantly, checking employees’ temperature has to be the norm. In Asian countries like Japan, your temperature is automatically screened with thermal imaging as you enter each building. Fever is the most common symptom of COVID-19, and it’s recommended to screen temperature daily.
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