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How To Ensure Your Workplace Reduces The Spread of COVID-19 pandemic

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How To Ensure Your Workplace Reduces The Spread Of COVID-19

 

As we all know, the recent implications surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic have, in many cases, had a drastic impact upon our working lives. As a company offering office design and refurbishment options throughout a number of industries across the UK, we thought it would be suitable to inform our clients on just a few of the ways that they can help reduce the spread of the virus when it comes to returning to work in their own office environments.

It is likely that the pandemic has also had a significant impact on other parts of all our lives too. We can therefore reasonably expect that the return to work may cause some difficulties that lie beyond the specialities that we work within as an office refurbishment company. Despite this, we have done our best to put together this guide that will help you make the return to office working as seamless as possible. Employees have potentially suffered personal hardships or struggles throughout this time, so as always, it is imperative that you also take emotional and physical toll that experiencing this pandemic may have had on employees into consideration.

We are not legal experts on this matter, despite the level of experience we have in creating suitable office environments. As a result, we take no responsibility or liability for the decisions made by you as a company. We are simply here to provide our own advice concerning how you can help ensure a risk-reduced return to the office for both you and your workforce.

Wherever possible, we have structured the content within this article to specifically refer to office working environments. Along these same lines, the same guidance could perhaps be applied to other working environments. Whichever way this advice is taken, we would recommend that you always seek out professional advice if you are at all unsure about any of the guidelines we mention throughout this post.

How Offices Have Adjusted To COVID-19 Guidelines Since The Outbreak Began

 

Many of our readers will be familiar with the changes that have been made to office working since the pandemic began. We’re in touch with a few companies that have made the following adjustments to their employees’ working lives. Perhaps it’s worth considering whether some of these changes have actually benefited us as office-based companies. Here’s the low-down on just a few of the changes we’ve focused on as a company ourselves…

Flexible Working Hours

 

Flexible working has been around for a while now, with the advancing popularity of ‘hot desking’ and tailoring working hours to suit our personal commitments. While some office jobs may have maintained the traditional workday system, a few of us have become fairly relaxed. This has come about due to the growing requirement for freedom, surrounding concerns regarding childcare and other aspects of regular home life that require attention.

As we all adjust to the prospect of returning to work, it’s worth asking ourselves – would we benefit from maintaining more flexible working schedules? We know that we don’t all conform to the same productivity schedules as others. Call it a myth, but the evidence surrounding morning vs. night personalities has shown us time and time again that some individuals simply benefit from adjusting their working hours to suit the hours where they’re more productive.

Agile Working

 

Agile working has been something we’re regularly asked about for a while now. Implementing agile working techniques within the physical workspace comes with a number of questions. Will the need for the office workspace become obsolete if I allow staff to work from home?

The answer is usually a resounding no. As we know many find it much easier to work within their own environments, the need for the physical office will always remain imperative to the success of many business endeavours. Some businesses are entirely digital based; however, it means a great deal to many employees and clients alike to be able to enter the physical representation of a company and see their dedication to the field themselves.

Post COVID-19, many people may have realised they enjoy working from home. Despite this, it’s unlikely that they’d like to make the shift towards completely cutting themselves off from the office environment. Human nature dictates that communication and contact is often essential in understanding one another, and we fully stand behind that theory. We’ve been working to develop modern yet effective office workspaces for decades now, and as part of our efforts, we’ve come to realise just how important having that physical space is for many companies.

Working From Home

 

Falling comfortably under the categories of both flexible and agile working, comes the challenges involved in working from home. We know the distractions that can arise as a result of working within our own environments. Despite this, sometimes this can prompt us to work more productively… Perhaps we want to work more effectively so we can read the book we’ve been meaning to delve into for a while. Or, maybe working within our own personal environments actually helps us to limit distractions and get the job done quicker. The sooner we do the work we have been tasked with, the sooner we can resume our leisure time and focus on what we’d like to do outside of working hours.

However, working from home isn’t so easy for everyone. It can be hard to cut ourselves off from outside influences and limit distractions. This becomes particularly important when children, pets or friends and family are involved. That’s why we still understand the necessity for the successful office workspace; and we’re here to help guide you towards how you can facilitate the successful return to the office for the majority of your employees that are able to do so right now.

Access to Software and Technology

 

Many of us that usually work within offices have had to quickly adjust to the pandemic and the resulting necessity to work from home. Companies have therefore found new ways to accommodate for the requirements we need in order to do so effectively. Prior to the pandemic, we were already seeing an increase in the number of businesses that were adopting both flexible and agile ways of working. Due to innovations in technology, such ways of working were already on the rise in terms of popularity.

Despite this, many businesses may have been reluctant to make the transition from office to agile working. As it became clear that the pandemic was becoming an even more substantial issue that companies had to quickly respond to, it came to light that many of us could actually work from home with only a few adjustments necessary.

As office refurbishment experts, we fully understand the reasoning behind maintaining an on-brand physical workspace. Such spaces allow us to meet together and communicate effectively, all while supporting that all-important human need; a sense of belonging! While we do not fully recommend that any business abolishes the office environment completely, it would be foolish to pretend we hadn’t noticed some of the positive impacts brought about by some of the new ways of working we have had to adapt to.

OW’s Top 4 COVID-19 Tips

We have prepared our top 4 tips here for you to integrate your staff back into the office environment.

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2m Social Distancing

Maintain the government guided 2m Social Distancing Rules.

Cough Into Your Upper Arm

If you feel like you need to cough, make sure you do it into your upper arm.

Regularly Clean Your Contact Surfaces

Use Sanitiser to disinfect your surfaces that come into regular contact.

Transparency & Cautiousness

Be cautious and transparent, do you have any symptoms?

When Can Employees Return to Work Safely

 

The return of employees to the office may be prompted by a number of factors. If you are expecting to open the office back up to just a few employees within the coming weeks, it makes sense that these particular employees are selected both fairly and with due consideration given to their personal circumstances.

Questions To Ask Before Prompting Employees To Return To Your Office Workplace

 

As is such with any risk-based assessments, there are a few questions you should ask yourselves and your employees in determining whether they are both fit and able to work under the current circumstances. While we have done our best to gather suitable guidelines in doing so, we are by no means the experts on the particular HR guidelines your company is familiar in working with. Due to this, we would expect any readers to be careful and apply diligence in using the following criteria to determine who returns back to work.

  • Does the employee have dependants that require care within expected working hours?
  • Where childcare becomes necessary; have the caregiver’s school/nursery facilities reopened?
  • In terms of elderly/vulnerable care; have the caregiver’s dependents been given the go-ahead to resume everyday activities, such as shopping? Is it safe for them to do so?
  • Has the member of staff contracted COVID-19?
    If so, have they been given the all clear and advised that they can return to work safely?
  • Has the member of staff come into contact with those who have contracted COVID-19 within the past month?
    Have they self-isolated since? Has the individual suffered any symptoms?

This is not an extensive list of all the questions you should be considering as you encourage the return back to normal office life. In some cases, you may benefit from sending out questionnaires that enable staff to fill out information. Questions asked should be phrased as such that they do not evoke any ‘preferred’ response. They should not be phrased as leading questions. Some companies are conducting telephone calls in order to decide who should return to work. Depending on the style of management you and your company follow, you should talk to your HR team in ensuring that these questions are asked fairly. It would go against ethical and moral conduct if you were to discriminate against employees based on their answers to these questions.

For example, if an employee has children of school age who cannot yet return to their traditional educational timetables, it would be unfair of the employer to act in a demeaning manner towards this individual. Instead, considerations should be taken into account. Perhaps those with no caregiving duties can return to the office under safe circumstances, while those who need to care for others work from home at flexible hours.

Discretion and Confidentiality

 

If people within the workforce have suffered from COVID-19, their return to work should be exercised with caution. Some studies have demonstrated that symptoms may persist beyond the actual infective stage of the virus, so they might be unable to perform tasks as they had once done so before. We would recommend ensuring that they are fully healthy and checked over before returning to the workplace.

Another consideration to keep in mind is that employees may face discrimination or lead to increased concerns, if they have suffered from COVID-19 in the past. We’d recommend that confidentiality is maintained at all times in order to reduce this kind of discrimination, however, we are not medical experts and we understand the importance of contact tracing. It is up to the discretion of medical professionals to determine whether an individual is fit for work.

Adjustments to Make to the Post COVID-19 Workspace

 

As we go about our daily lives (however abnormal they may be right now), we have noticed many changes concerning the physical surroundings we find ourselves amongst. Supermarkets have installed Perspex screens that separate us from cashiers, and touchless card use is strongly recommended. The return to the office environment is no different! While office workers have been able to work safely from home, it’s crucial that we should innovate in order to facilitate the inevitable return to work that we are all waiting for.

At Office Workspace, we have maintained great professional relationships over the years with a number of reputable companies. These companies provide everything when it comes to public workspaces and environments; from educational washrooms to hospital wards. As the concerns surrounding sanitation efforts become increasingly important, we’re dedicated to working with our sister companies and subsidiaries in order to provide our clients with the most innovative solutions. BrookhouseUK is one of the companies within our professional ‘umbrella,’ so to speak, and they have been providing hygienic equipment to a variety of industries that need it the most for years now.

Working alongside them, we have developed a list of the most effective means of protection available. Such products will help you renovate any office workspace so that it’s in keeping with the many various sanitation recommendations that companies are required to follow. As we aim to help as many office companies re-open their doors as possible, we’ve included a list of how each particular piece of equipment can help you protect your workforce.

Social Distancing Reminders

 

As we know, encouraging people to remain within the social distancing guidelines is difficult. We’re simply not used to staying 2m apart while conversing, and in areas where space is limited, this may become more of an issue. Despite this, we’ve developed a range of reminders that will effectively encourage members of the workforce to stay within the recommended guidelines. From floor mats to a range of stickers available in a variety of noticeable colours, we have social distancing reminders that will ensure staff are always aware of the need to remain a safe distance away.

We aim to keep everyone safe as they return to work, despite the situation. Floor tiles are a perfect way of doing this, reminding individuals with every step that they shouldn’t intrude within that vital 2m gap. Instil the very meaning behind social distancing within the design of your office itself.

Hand-Washing Technology

 

We’re familiar with water fountains and the like. However, hand-washing stations are usually reserved for environments where hygiene is of sacramental importance, such as hospital wards. Upon the return to the office, employees might find themselves stressing more than usual about their hand-washing rituals. That’s why we offer a variety of hand-washing products, most of which are in the form of easy to use hand sanitising units.

At Office Workspace, we don’t like wasting space. Our handwashing units are therefore minimal in size, yet with maximum impact. Available for a variety of different workspaces, from offices and beyond; we can install various sanitisation technologies quickly and effectively.

PPE Necessities

 

As wearing masks becomes a more frequent occurrence, many employees are likely to feel safer if they are provided with PPE upon their return to office work. We offer our clients a range of masks at the best possible price. This means the workforce can return to work without the reduced stress of having to source their own PPE. Alongside the more commonly seen masks, we can provide you with effective visor face shields, too. Spectacles are also available. Each of the suppliers we work with has been working within the sanitation industry for years now, and we have been working with them throughout our efforts in providing hospitals and public washrooms with the hygiene requirements they need.

Fogging Machines

 

You might be wondering what a fogging machine is. Many readers may have heard of it as a pesticide spreader. The technology involved allows us to easily spray any solution onto a surface. This means great potential in reducing the spread of viruses and bacteria. Many spaces have implemented the use of fogging machines with great success, as cleaning teams are able to administer effective cleaning and disinfecting solutions over a relatively wide area quite quickly.

Fogging machines work by spreading the solutions within disinfectants, quickly de-contaminating a number of surfaces with ease. Once the disinfectant is introduced correctly to the fogging machine, the tool quickly gets to work. The pressure used within the fogging machine diverts the originally liquid solution into a soft mist, meaning that the sanitising properties of the product can quickly be dispersed over large areas of various surfaces.

Despite the recommended use of fogging machines, we always advise that such equipment is used with care. Chemicals can be dangerous, and we would recommend that surfaces are left for at least five minutes before individuals are allowed to come into close contact.

Partitioning Units

 

As we know how popular translucent plastic partitions have become in public-facing areas, it’s worth considering how they can be utilised in office environments. Many of us feel a lot safer while communicating with others behind a plastic screen. While this may feel strange, the plastic barrier does protect us from a number of aerosols. Aerosols are the tiny little droplets of liquid that are dispersed through the air as we speak, cough and sneeze. Studies have found that COVID-19 is particularly spread through aerosol contamination. So, if we protect ourselves against industry-tested plastic barriers, the threat of infection becomes significantly reduced.

While we have been working within open layout offices for a while now, we know none of us prefer to work under restrictive partitioning requirements. It’s simply easier for us to be able to communicate quickly and easily with those next to us, and the addition of a plastic screen might not feel natural. However, many of us are adjusting to the new everyday that the pandemic continues to present us with. As a result, adding partitioning units to the workplace may not be such a strange idea.

Washroom Facilities

 

As we know how popular translucent plastic partitions have become in public-facing areas, it’s worth considering how they can be utilised in office environments. Many of us feel a lot safer while communicating with others behind a plastic screen. While this may feel strange, the plastic barrier does protect us from a number of aerosols. Aerosols are the tiny little droplets of liquid that are dispersed through the air as we speak, cough and sneeze. Studies have found that COVID-19 is particularly spread through aerosol contamination. So, if we protect ourselves against industry-tested plastic barriers, the threat of infection becomes significantly reduced.

While we have been working within open layout offices for a while now, we know none of us prefer to work under restrictive partitioning requirements. It’s simply easier for us to be able to communicate quickly and easily with those next to us, and the addition of a plastic screen might not feel natural. However, many of us are adjusting to the new everyday that the pandemic continues to present us with. As a result, adding partitioning units to the workplace may not be such a strange idea.

How to Effectively Work with Staff to Minimise Potential Risks

Should Employees be Provided with Basic PPE When Returning to Office Work?

Many countries have actually made basic PPE (Personal Protective Equipment, for those that don’t watch the news!) a legal requirement when facing the public. In many Eastern countries, such as Japan, wearing facemasks while out and about is already an extremely frequently seen social norm.

So, this bears the question – should employees wear masks and gloves when they return to work within the office? Each employer is likely to have a different stance on this. If you are going to request that your employees don masks in order to return to the office, then it is only fair that they should be provided with them by the company they are working for.

Many people do feel safer if they are wearing masks out in public. With regards to countries that see the wearing of masks as normal practice – many people don masks as they do not wish to infect others with any potential cold or illness they may be experiencing. When it comes to the UK, we are just not used to seeing people go about their everyday lives with such careful consideration. Wearing masks has been shown to massively reduce the spread of aerosols (tiny droplets of liquid that leave the mouth or nose). If staff are uncomfortable with wearing masks, and doing so is still not a legal requirement, then the advice you provide to them is at your own discretion. However, wearing masks has become the standard practice within many countries that have managed to limit the spread of COVID-19. It’s therefore worth considering whether you wish to implement this guideline amongst the workforce, too.

Many people also feel safer when they are wearing gloves. However, if people do wear gloves (i.e. while in the supermarket), they feel they perhaps have the safety to touch any item, without considering the repercussions of doing so. As gloves are not so frequently sanitised as our own hands are, we feel some level of disconnect between what we are touching and how we might be facilitating the spread of a potentially deadly virus.

 

Providing Appropriate Training

 

While the majority of people know how to safely conduct themselves and keep that all-important 2m gap, the workplace as they knew it may have changed. You might decide to follow the advice we mentioned earlier concerning how you can adjust the physical workspace in order to make it safer. This might mean employees require a bit of an adjustment period when it comes to re-familiarising themselves with their return to work.

On another level, perhaps the physical environment will remain the same – however, there might be certain social restrictions or guidelines you should enforce within the workplace instead. Much of the guidelines enforced by the government have relied on the public’s willingness to follow new advice. Without the restraints concerning the social recommendations that many of us have adhered to, it is likely that the pandemic would have led to even higher infection rates and death tolls. As we become more familiar with distancing ourselves from others, it is essential that employers continue to encourage these social guidelines remain in place within the workplace.

As a company, we have worked with many various businesses, particularly within their office settings. We know each workplace is different. That means every office may have a different approach to both social and physical guidelines that may be implemented as a result of the pandemic.

As employees returning to work might require guidance surrounding some of the new implementations that have been made necessary, training could be a great way to bring the workforce up to speed with the new changes you have had to make to the working environment.

Any training given to staff upon their effective return to work should be compensated within pay. While many employees are wholly familiar with social distancing rules, your particular workplace may require that employees are trained in dealing with how to follow these requirements in various environments.

How to Help Staff Throughout their Return to Office Working

Careful Consideration of Personal Matters

Throughout the course of the pandemic, and as it continues to become an increasingly normalised part of our everyday lives, it’s important to consider how the effects of COVID-19 may have had an impact on employee’s lives.

Some of us have sadly lost family or friends due to the pandemic, and for those that have experienced such losses, a return to work may be more of a struggle. Following the advice mentioned below will enable employees to more confidently voice any potential issues with regards to returning to work, or the emotional toll that the situation has had on them.

Open, Honest Communication

While this is the foundation for many successful businesses already, maintaining an open and honest approach to communication amongst staff becomes an increasingly important issue. With the return to work comes a lot of potential questions and concerns from many individuals within the workforce. From management to temp staff, it’s important that we’re all treated with the same level of respect and consideration despite the hierarchical models within our respective companies.

If employees feel you are receptive to their opinions and any potential concerns, they will feel more comfortable in voicing them towards management.

Training Managerial Teams

As you work towards opening up your office spaces, it might be worth considering how you can also provide training for managerial teams. Making sure that team managers are comfortable in answering queries from employees and carefully advising them on how to go about their everyday working lives, will aid you in the long run.

Factors you might want to consider when offering training to management:

    • How can I ensure managers are fully equipped to answer questions with confidence?
    • Can management staff confidently approach me with concerns presented by their teams?
    • Is management provided with adequate training with regards to enforcing social distancing, managing agile working employees, etc.?

 

Equal Working Environments for Employees

As most of our clients maintain ethical working practices anyway, we don’t expect that much has to change here. However, we just wanted to take a moment to clarify some of the potential confusion surrounding how each member of staff can safely conduct business as ‘usual’. If managerial offices are located within their own individual rooms, for example, this may cause concern for other members of staff who may be subject to environments that mean they have to work within closer proximity to their co-workers.

Your company may therefore benefit from utilising the space it has within its physical premises in alternative ways. Perhaps this might involve opening up managerial offices in order to ensure everyone can remain 2m apart as they work. We have been designing open-plan workspaces for our clients for a number of years now. The popularity of such layouts appears to be increasing as the workplace is becoming a more open and inclusive means of operating business. Despite this, we are more than happy to help you out if you have any concerns with regards to how your office’s layout might have an impact upon equality amongst the workforce.

At Office Workspace, we can provide you with advice or even protective equipment that can help ensure employees feel safe in their working environments. This might be of particular interest to companies that do operate within an open plan layout, as many employees will likely feel a whole lot safer if they are physically separated from co-workers.

While the 2m gap remains the recommended government advice, we can provide you with solutions that go above and beyond in ensuring employee safety. We have recently worked with a number of companies in providing protective workspace equipment. From something as simple as opting to install a quick, non-obtrusive PVC partitioning unit, to completely re-adjusting your office workspace, we can help guide you through the steps that will help you and your employees feel, and remain, safe.

Approachable, Supportive Management

While we’d always recommend that management teams endeavour to remain approachable at all times, approachability becomes even more of a positive standard to uphold within times such as these. The tips we provided further up in the article should give you some pointers as to how you can carefully train managerial staff in helping out with the re-opening of your office.

Alongside these tips, we’d like to give further advice concerning how you can support your employees during the shift from home to office working.

      • Remain open to requests regarding flexible or agile working
        As many members of staff will have been provided with the adequate software and equipment that allows them to work from home, many offices may be considering how they can persuade employees to return to the physical workplace.

        In some situations, returning to the office may not be an easy task. If employees have young children whose schools have not yet returned to normal hours, for example, resuming the 9-5 working day may become troublesome.

      • Be willing to discuss personal concerns with staff
        It might not be a comfortable situation; however, managerial staff need to have a knack for discussing things openly with employees. Encouraging open communication from management themselves will ensure that your staff receive the support they may need during difficult times.
      • Prompt suggestions from employees
        Not everyone is going to be open to confronting management about potential issues as we all navigate the difficult situations surrounding returning to office work. Whether anonymous or not, suggestions from the workforce themselves may provide the most invaluable insights you could receive. Consider placing a suggestion box, where employees can note down their concerns, somewhere relatively secluded within the office. This will enable you to review comments that are written without fear of repercussions.

 

How Can Agile Working Benefit my Company?

As we understand it, some people may be questioning why they have to return to working the usual 5-day week at the office at all. If your workforce is managing to conduct work from home effectively, perhaps you should consider whether they might benefit from either staggering their return to work. Furthermore, promoting that staff can choose to make use of a few agile working techniques a few days a week might even benefit you as a company. Here’s how:

        • CommutingTime, Expenses and Environmental waste is reduced
        • Productivity is increased
        • Trustworthiness may improve
        • Investment in company ethos and philosophy
        • Reduced expenditure on energy and premises

Advice for Encouraging Productive Agile Working

After reading the above list concerning how agile working might be the next step forward with regards to returning to the office, you might be wondering how you can encourage employees to maintain their productivity as they work from home. Due to lockdown difficulties, we might not have been expecting the same outputs as usual, as people take time to adjust to their new everyday situations. Since we’ve all been in lockdown for a number of months now, it comes as no surprise that many of us have actually adjusted to and equally thrived from our new working environments.

 

We’ve therefore worked on gathering a few tips that you and your teams can implement while trying to encourage effective, productive working amongst those within your workforce that may be either reluctant, or unable, to return to the office. Here’s a few of our top tips. We know many of us are excited to return to the office, however some institutions appear to be opening rather sporadically; i.e. schools or nurseries. It’s therefore important to accommodate for those of us who have responsibility for children or even elderly relatives, as we consider how to safely return to work.

  • Make sure technology and software is up to date
    There may have been a few hiccups along the road as we all become used to working with software remotely, however, we’re sure many of us have successfully adapted to the situation since lockdown began. Patches and updates are regularly added to technology, and many offices have implemented tools that ensure these are automatically updated. Considering how you can make sure this is done effectively and in a timely manner from the employees’ homes may be a step forward in ensuring productive outcomes.
  • Consider switching to performance-based rewards systems
    We have mentioned this key point in a number of other articles regarding improving productivity. Many of us might actually be thriving from newfound freedoms with regards to working hours and expectations. If we can work at preferred hours, we are likely to put in our best efforts in order to get the job done. Reviewing staff regularly and ensuring goals are outlined before work commences is essential to ensuring effective performance. Do this on a routine basis, and entire teams may show a whole new level of productivity!
  • Keep in close contact with employees and management
    As always, communication is essential. While we hate to micro-manage, and we understand the limiting effects this can have on outcomes, it’s important that employees all have the same access to vital information, alongside regular updates.
  • Host regular meetings via conference and video technology
    Video chats aren’t the same as in-person meetings, however, they’re a great way to work around current restrictions. If people are unable to return to work, or you simply want to adopt more agile working practices, video chats are now the norm for the majority of office workers across the globe. This gives us all a huge potential for encouraging productive online meetings, while limiting the spread of the virus from afar.
  • Encourage managers to support teams effectively
    As we mentioned earlier, training should be provided to management in order to ensure they are given enough techniques enabling them to deal with teams and the adjustments we are all having to make. Whether concerns arise from a lack of physical communication within the office, employees should always feel they have a place to vent any potential issues with management. Remaining open to these suggestions allows you to adapt to staff in the most effective ways!
  • Reassure employees that the physical workspace is there if they need it
    Some people simply don’t work well from home. Whether this is due to distractions or just personal preference, many of us might perform better amongst a physical working environment. No matter what our individual needs are, make sure your teams know there is always an office for them to utilise, should they need it (if you are re-opening the premises, that is). Many of us benefit immensely from being able to quickly communicate and share ideas with one another. As we have been working from a distance for a number of months now, some employees are surely anticipating the return to work with a great deal of excitement!

Working With Clients In A Safe Manner

 

So, as employees return back to work and resume communication from their respective desk spaces, it’s likely that clients will be resuming ‘work as usual,’ too.

We strongly advise that you limit personal contact with clients and other potential consumers as companies get used to returning back to work. Not only from a safety standard, but from a professional viewpoint, too, some businesses may seem to be acting hastily as they attempt to resume usual activities. As specialists in office environments and how they should be coordinated professionally, we always look towards the most effective ways in terms of maintaining a professional yet friendly approach to clientele.

Resuming Communication Professionally

Many of us have had to adapt to the new working from home guidelines in communicating with our long-standing clients. As we have become familiarised with using email and video chat technology in order to maintain professional relationships, many of us are looking forward to somewhat resuming work ‘as usual’ when it comes to holding meetings. It’s much easier to communicate when face-to-face, however, this should not come at the price of employee safety.

Please ensure that clients and employees alike are encouraged to remain at that 2m distance apart, at all times. Meeting rooms may have to be adjusted in order to facilitate this. The particular products we have mentioned in this article will allow you to resume work safely, and we are always happy to talk to you about how our innovations and installation techniques can help you achieve this.

How Office Workspace Can Facilitate You in Your Return Back to the Office

 

At Office Workspace, we have worked within industries focusing on refurbishment and productivity for years now. Despite this, we have never encountered such a situation that has had as much of an exponential impact as this pandemic. Unprecedented as it may be, we are thoroughly impressed with the variety of ways in which many of our clients have endeavoured to support their staff despite the difficult situations we are facing.

As always, we’re here to help support our loyal customers with the advice we give our own staff at the office. While we do this, however, it’s worth remembering that we are not the experts with regards to pandemical situations! All of the advice presented within the above article should be regarded as solely that; advice; and we would always recommend that you seek professional input. Rather than implementing our advice on its own, please consult trusted and respectable medical providers, as well as your HR teams. This will ensure that you are able to re-open your office environments both safely and in a thoughtful manner.

We hope you and your employees have remained diligent and been able to stay safe despite the challenges that this pandemic has thrown our way! If you are interested in any of the protective innovations or products that have been mentioned within this article, please get in touch with us via our contact page. We’re more than happy to discuss any potential solutions that will make the return to the office easier for both you and your workforce. Thank you for reading our guide on how to limit the spread of COVID-19 upon the return to office working environments. Feel free to read more of our related content over on the Office Workspace blog.

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