Post-COVID-19 Office Design Solutions
As businesses across the nation begin reopening their doors for the first time since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, one question is weighing heavy on the minds of employers and employees alike: what will the “new normal” workplace look like as we move forward?
The coronavirus has impacted virtually every element of daily life, including the way we work and interact with others. While some work activities may go back to the way things once were, experts agree that other areas of office life will change long-term.
Social distancing guidelines will remain critical to public health for the foreseeable future. This presents a challenge for employers who must consider how to get their operations “back to normal” while keeping the health and wellbeing of their employees at the forefront.
Many businesses have witnessed the value of allowing work from home flexibility; Twitter has made the bold decision to allow some employees to continue working remotely indefinitely. Other companies will likely follow suit, at least by offering more work from home flexibility.
Experts have predicted that offices will change architecturally as well, in the form of newly installed room dividers, sneeze guards, and other physical barriers. Nonporous surfaces such as laminate may overtake natural surfaces like wood in popularity.
Below, discover several workplace solutions that can help make your office a safer and healthier environment for employees.
Partitions and room dividers of every shape and size can be used to create physical distance between office work areas. Spacesaver moveable walls are a versatile solution that can be used to divide space without cutting off communication.
These walls slide side-to-side on a carriage and rail system, making it easy to create custom-sized rooms on the fly. Moveable walls can be equipped with whiteboards, storage, screens, flip-down tables, or even extra seating. Hard surface dividers are easy to sanitize and disinfect, ensuring your configurable workspaces remain safe for employees.
Locker partitions are a smart solution that serve to break up space while optimizing personal storage. Free-standing locker walls function as full room dividers, while counter-height locker islands maintain the feel of an open office. Versatile locker partitions can be used to divide workspaces, divert the flow of traffic, and reduce the density of certain areas in the office.
Assigning lockers to each employee helps to keep desk surfaces clear, making them less likely to become infected and easier to sanitize. Keyless locking systems eliminate the need for high-touch surfaces like keypads, which can transmit disease. Spacesaver’s Day Use Lockers are available in a wide range of sizes, configurations, finishes, and lock styles.
Antimicrobial Paint Coating
Our antimicrobial paint coating option contains a time-released germicidal agent to suppress the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. This powder-coat finish can be cleaned and sanitized regularly without hurting the color, durability, or performance of the finish.
Systems & Space is your trusted partner in workplace preparedness. Interested in learning more about how these and other solutions can make your office safer for employees returning to work? Contact us for more information.