Are Touchless Offices the Future?

Research into the Sars-CoV-2 virus reveals that the virus causing COVID-19 can live on surfaces like stainless steel and plastic for up to 3 days. This information has been vital for offices planning on reopening and employees going back to work in a shared space. However, it has also given rise to a new buzzword in the world of work called “The Touchless Office”.

But what are the features of a touchless office? What are the challenges a business must overcome to truly go touchless? In this article, we discuss the touchless office in detail so that you can make the right choice for your employees and your business.

WHAT IS A TOUCHLESS OFFICE?

A “touchless” or “hands-free” office uses touchless technology at the workplace to allow employees to move, work and collaborate without touching a single high-touch surface. This technology also includes camera-based gestures, motion sensors, voice recognition and so on.

Touchless tech and products have the power to quell fear among employees and create an environment that is safe, comfortable and modern.

WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF A TOUCHLESS OFFICE?

1. Contactless Pathways

The single most feared surface in the pandemic seems to be the door handle, and for good reason. Door knobs or handles are the most frequent touchpoints in most offices. Therefore, they can be a breeding ground for bacteria and viruses. This has made many employers turn to touchless technology that eliminates the need for door handles entirely. Employers are now installing motion sensors and facial recognition to allow employees to open doors and elevators without raising a finger. 

2. Touchless Bathrooms

Communal areas are at the highest risk of contamination and require thorough cleaning and sanitisation. Workplaces are now installing automated flushing, infra-red touchless taps, soap dispensers, trash cans and sanitising stations. While some offices also have automatic hand dryers, it may be essential to note that some studies suggest paper towels are more effective at killing germs than air dryers. We understand that some of these quick swaps may lead to more waste, you can find eco-friendly alternatives here. 

3. Touchless Hand Sanitisation Stations

Even though your office is a hands-free space, there are times when touching certain surfaces is inevitable during a workday. Therefore, the final step in building a touchless office is to install a touchless hand sanitiser station. These free-standing hand sanitiser stations should be placed in high traffic areas and at common touchpoints. We recommend using an Automatic Hand Sanitising Station at your workplace. It is sensor-operated, height-adjustable and can fit into compact spaces perfectly.

WHAT ARE THE CHALLENGES OF A TOUCHLESS OFFICE?

Similar to any large-scale work, moving to a touchless office cannot happen overnight. The first challenge that your workplace will need to overcome is logistics. Like most hygiene-related items in the present climate, supply will struggle to meet demand. With all employers looking to purchase the same office products, there may be a long wait and increased prices. The best way to go about this is to consult with an Office Furniture Specialist to meet your long term goals and meet your requirements. 

The second challenge is a cultural one. From justifying this type of working environment to making your clients and employees aware of the changes, your company will need to pass a lot of hurdles. Your business will also have to consider the generational gap between employees and train the older generation to access and operate high-tech devices. 

At Codex, we have Furniture and Interior Specialists who will give you the guidance you need every step of the way. Book an appointment below.