While some areas of the country have slowly been able to bring employees back into the office safely, others are seeing new restrictions being implemented as COVID-19 cases spike.
Even when all employees return to the workplace, it will never look the same.
Although working from home has had numerous perks, it has also presented challenges for workers including distractions, a lack of home office space and feelings of isolation.
Flexible office operators, such as IWG, have bolstered themselves as the solution to these problems. For IWG in particular, their offices are located in areas both suburban and metropolitan so workers can come into the office without lengthy commutes.
“[Companies] need to take time to plan their new layouts to ensure they work for both staff and company goals,” said Jonathon Simpkins, managing director at office design firm Bluespace. “Take this moment as an opportunity to refresh and revitalize your workspace.”
Organizations need to go further and invest in technology that helps decrease contact with high-touch areas, improves air circulation in the space and monitors occupancy and distancing.
Ensuring that these spaces are completely safe does not only help alleviate physical health risks, but can also boost employee wellbeing as well.
A study from Benenden Health found that 35% of respondents saw their mental health decline since the beginning of the pandemic, so employers have a role to play in guiding employees through this tough time.
Coming into a safe flexible office can help with that as employees have a chance to socialize with their colleagues, without the fear of contracting the virus.