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The Post COVID -19 Workplace??

The Post COVID -19 Workplace??

As the COVID-19 pandemic begins to settle many of us will be continuing to work from home as a general shift of how we work and conduct business has changed rapidly over the past year. Many of us however need to work from our offices for the purpose of our positions or to ensure a balanced work or home life.

What does this all mean for office spaces and how can we look at combating health and safety in our office spaces?? After speaking to and assisting many of our clients our project managers and design team have come up with a few tips to help.

Design & Space Planning

This will be one of the highest priorities on the list, in order to ensure we comply with the new distancing guidelines our offices will need to be re-configured.

Our design team can assist with staff engagement surveys to analyse your existing space, how you work and propose a detailed plan to make the best use of the space. Calculations based on the existing space and the number of employees that can fit into the given space under the new guidelines can be provided as a foundation with a space plan following on from this.
Where possible the space needs to allow back to back / side by side working rather than face to face.

Reception / Welcome Areas – Distancing markings and screens for these areas will be very important. As we have seen all our retailers adopt this system to help with the flow of people, keeping distances as best possible.

In general workplace design has seen a shift even before the pandemic. Offices have become collaboration zones, with many mixed use spaces. large meeting rooms, seating booths and tier style collaborative seating are just a few of the ways office designs are shifting. The large open plan offices are becoming a thing of the past. As many people with may adopt a mixed schedule of working from home and the office the office design needs to provide a far more flexible space allowing for staff engagement and social aspects.

Cleaning and Hygiene

It goes without saying this is of high importance.

Extra hand sanitation stations should be provided throughout the building. Reminders via email or various applications are ideal also to help ensure employees are extra vigilant with hygiene. A systematic approach to ensure communication between cleaning teams and employees to ensure all important areas are covered thoroughly and timely.

The use of personal cutlery and crockery may also become the norm with shared kitchen equipment being abolished.

Independent Health and Safety Audits

This may very well become a government regulation but is highly advisable. They will be able to assess and ensure the safest working environment for returning employees helping give yourself as a business and employees peace of mind.

Da-Vinci Project Management has geared up a team to assist with , property portfolio management, space planning, risk assessments, health and safety audits as well as deep cleaning of office buildings before allowing employees to return to work. We have assisted a number of clients giving them and their employees that little extra peace of mind. Please do not hesitate to contact the team if you have any questions or need assistance.

The government official guidelines and risk assessments can be found at the link below, all aspects need to be covered and a this should be shared with all employees before they return to work.

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/working-safely-during-coronavirus-covid-19

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