While the office is certainly not dead, it will need to look much different when employees return. We are still a long way from the virus being eradicated, so preparing the workspace to be as clean and healthy as possible will be crucial.
Some companies have already altered their basic design to accommodate stricter health protocols, such as one-way entrances and pathways, as well as signage and floor markers reminding occupants to distance from others.
But these are just the basics. Keeping a low occupancy in the workspace will also be necessary. With the increase in remote workers also comes the need for technology that supports a distributed workforce.
At the very least, this should include a SaaS that helps teams collaborate on projects no matter where they are working from, video conferencing tools to conduct meetings, teleconferencing when video isn’t necessary.
Additionally, in order to decrease the risk of transmission, cleaning practices will need to be a top priority. This means using antimicrobial wipes and sprays, especially in high-touch areas.
Hiring a professional cleaning crew for daily cleanings will also guarantee that employees are safe when they are in the office.
Encouraging employees to also take matters into their own hands by cleaning up after themselves and installing sanitizing stations is another way to keep the office safe from any sort of virus.