Re-opening the office post COVID-19
For companies re-opening the office post COVID-19, the ability to practice physical distancing is essential, and each organization will need to implement safety measures that fit their operations. Across the world, each business has to balance the function of its employees with their personal and physical needs, enabling employees to be comfortable and also effective, whether they come back to the office or continue to work from home. The need to be able to communicate and collaborate with your team in meaningful ways is vital for every company.
When re-opening a business, many steps must be taken to minimize risk and create an environment where employees and visitors feel comfortable—tracking who enters and exits a building is important for contact tracing and shows that the organization is keeping its employees safe. Temperature scanning accompanied by a questionnaire is considered a standard for government buildings, and many businesses are following suit.
Once you have decided to re-open the office, having meetings, and communicating with those who are still remote doesn’t need to be solely done from a laptop. Here are a few options you may want to explore for your conference room and meeting spaces:
- Enabling the use of cell phones and laptops to reduce unnecessary contact points
- Integrating voice control systems and motion sensors adds more ways to minimize contact
- Using area microphones, auto-framing cameras, and large displays enables distancing within conference rooms
These are a few of the ways you can continue to utilize your collaboration/meeting spaces safely. We also have had a few of our clients take advantage of a few free and easy to use floorplan creator tools. These tools can help your company address any spacing challenges you may be facing. You can check them out below:
We know there is so much unknown with re-opening the office, but taking the time to think through your plan and putting the necessary measures in place now will allow for a safer and smoother transition once your organization is ready to return. If you are looking for any assistance or feedback on your plans, please do not hesitate to reach out.