For all professions, the return of employees to the premises will be a real challenge. For shared offices and open spaces, it will be imperative to review how the space in the office is used.
This means making sure that workers are at least two-metres away from each other. This is clearly going to impose a range of challenges. One way that this can be achieved could be to physically move and reorganise desks, or in environments where there are no desks, social distancing tape can be used to mark the distance. For some businesses, there will be a need to create a physical barrier using plexiglass partitions.
It is also relevant to think about the equipment in furniture adapted to these new constraints, with for example the use of smaller desks.
If, however, during the return to work process it is simply not possible to create enough distance and space it's recommended to utilise shift patters or to facilitate more home working.
The lockdown period has clearly had a significant impact on traditional office work. One of the biggest changes is the ability to work from home. What was once a trend considered only to be for a few select workers has now become the normality for many.
This has shown that the workforce can adapt quickly and with agility to operate outside of the usual requirements of an office and have implemented new processes to support their business. In order to continue to limit interactions and protect from a second wave of the virus, it is essential to allow employees who can work remotely to maintain this in a balanced way.
Some helpful tips to maintain good practice when facilitating homeworking, even as some workers return to the office, are to: Create schedules and maintain good diary organisation so it is clear who is available and when. Support those who are working from home with social events so they still feel included and finally to make sure that communication still remains a top priority across the business.