Ideas to redesign your office under limited working activity due to COVID-19

Even though many of us realized that with COVID-19 we do not need an office to work efficiently. At some point many of us will have to return to our workplaces. However, our new workplace will look completely different as we transition back to working from the office. So, redesigning your office becomes essential for the sake of your employees health and safety.

Create space between employees for working in the hall

Create space between employees for working

Physical distancing is likely to stay with us for a long time. It means that we will need more space between our desks. According to guidelines set down by health authorities, at least a six-foot distance between employees is ideal. Depending on the office space available, this can sometimes prove difficult, but with a little planning, it can be done.

Office layouts up to now have been tight and open planning has been the norm for many decades. Previously, many offices did not have any physical separations between employees and sometimes they sat close together in groupings of two or four. The new rules say: if anyone can reach out and touch another person from their office seat, they are to close.

With the new spacing requirements, many of our offices will be a tight squeeze, and some of us will have to resort to rotating employees between days where they work remotely or alternating days of coming to the office.

Many companies may not re-plan their office spaces immediately, but some practical solutions can be used in the early days.

If the room is wide enough, the same arrangements can be made on the opposite side of the hall. This type of reorganization of seating arrangements allows everyone to fit in comfortably and helps maintain correct social distancing.

Install Plexiglas sneeze guard on the tabletop for 1-to-1 meetings and office cafe areas

Install Plexiglas sneeze guard on the tabletop

Plexiglass sneeze guard partitions can be placed for protection in areas where people meet each other.

Up until recently, a sneeze guard was rarely seen anywhere in an office. Now they are the norm and are used a lot in stores. Where they protect the cashiers and customers from infecting each other. Stores also use them at self-service stations now.

In the office, a sneeze guard can offer protection in many areas. In the reception area, it can be placed on the reception desk to protect the employee manning it and all visiting clients.

Even though digital meetings over Zoom and Skype became very popular as we all worked remotely. Once we returned to the office, we are likely to start holding more one-on-one business meetings with clients. A sneeze guard is an ideal way to protect both from spreading the virus, or any other infections.

The café area of most offices tends to have a high volume of traffic throughout the day as employees wander in to have a quick meal or grab a beverage. Seating arrangements in these areas are usually arranged in tables for two or four. Placing a sneeze guard partition on the surface of the table will allow everyone to enjoy their meal in safety.

Most self-service food counters in office cafeterias have changed their policy and they pre-wrap food to prevent the spread of the virus. However, sneeze guard protection is also essential where covered food is displayed to prevent any viruses from being transferred to the packaging, which we may unknowingly transfer onto our hands and food.

Door sanitizer spray machine on the entrance

Door sanitizer spray machine

In the workspace, viruses can easily be transferred from doors, shared files, or even when we shake hands. We are all exposed to harmful germs, viruses, and bacteria during our working day. Our hands transmit 80% of all infections, and illness leads to the loss of productivity.

Washing our hands frequently and properly with soap and water ensures that we rid them of germs. We often touch surfaces between hand washing too. COVID-19 has made us all realize the importance of keeping our hands clean.

The World Health Organization (WHO) and the CDC both stress the importance of door sanitizer spray machines in effectively stopping the spread of germs.

Door sanitizer spray machines should always be placed of businesses and offices. Other strategic areas that we can consider are at workplace cafés, break rooms, outside restrooms, and the entrance of meeting rooms.

Door sanitizer spray machine models do vary, but the best types are the ones. We don’t need to touch with our hands. These can either have a foot pedal or a sensor that automatically releases the sanitizer as soon as we place our hands under the nozzle. Additionally, high touch areas need to be disinfected regularly with disinfectant wipes.

We can all play our part to navigate the challenges. We face during this pandemic while ensuring that we all stay safe.

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