The pandemic has created several new challenges for offices looking to reopen. While employers may feel a sense of urgency to get back to normal, it is imperative to follow revised practices and proper cleaning routines to reduce and eliminate the risk of contracting the virus. These resources will walk through the essential workplace products that your business will need in the wake of the pandemic, including furniture, cleaning practices and signage.
1. Office Furniture
One of the biggest challenges in the face of the future of the workplace is to maintain appropriate social distancing in the workplace. Social distancing measures include a multitude of factors. They require employees to stay at least 2 metres apart while discouraging them from shaking hands and exchanging items among them. So how do we reorganise the office to incorporate these essential changes?
- Divider screens: Divider screens or freestanding screens are used to divide space into distinct areas without building an actual wall. These screens are easily movable and fit seamlessly into the layout of your office. You can also leverage other types of flexible furniture like whiteboards to create boundaries and help you brainstorm.
- Height boundaries: Densely populated spaces have substantial health risks involved. If your office does not have the square footage to achieve a 2-metre distance, opt for high boundaries above the existing workstation on all sides. Another great concept is to add extensions to the top of existing partitions to make them at least 1500mmH above the floor.
If you are looking to accommodate social distancing measures for your office, book an appointment with our Furniture and Interiors Specialists here.
2. Signage and reminders
When employees and clients first return to the workplace, they may not be entirely sure of what rules they should follow. Post-COVID-19 signage should include friendly language and easy-to-understand graphics to ensure the safety of everyone in the building. Here are a few things to consider while finalising your signage when you open the doors to your workplace.
- Floor markings: Floor markings can be used to remind employees, clients and contractors about physical distancing and hygiene expectations. Using floor tape to mark areas two metres apart or indicate a quadrant is an effective way to reduce congestion and show suitable occupancy.
- Meeting room signage: Meeting rooms and collaborative spaces should be signed to indicate maximum numbers and physical distancing policies.
- Handwashing signage: Signage on washing hands the correct way and other safety guidelines are great visual cues to reinforce safe habits among employees.
- One-way system Signage: Introducing a one-way system in the office can prove to be a helpful hack when the doors of your offices open. Adding signage about the one-way path on floors and walls will ensure employees follow this safety rule while avoiding bottlenecks in hallways.
3. Cleaning and sanitisation products
As part of the COVID-19 protocol, businesses will now have to increase how often and thoroughly their workplaces are cleaned. Here are the top 5 things to bear in mind:
- High touch surfaces: Identify frequently touched surfaces like door work surfaces, door handles, vehicle surfaces and kitchen equipment. Make sure to deep clean these surfaces periodically. If sensor-operated doors are not an option, you can also choose to keep doors open (except fire doors) to avoid the need to touch handles.
- Handwashing products: Provide handwashing facilities at entry and exit points. Make sure that handwashing liquid and paper towels are fully stocked at all times. You can also place sanitiser stations in bathrooms for added safety.
- Cleaning products: The usual cleaning products like anti-bacterial soap and water should be adequate. But to stay safe, disinfectants can be used on surfaces that are touched frequently.
- Waste handling: Placing waste bins in high traffic areas like bathrooms, kitchen, entry and exit points is crucial. It is essential to exercise caution while dealing with waste. Ensure the bins are not completely full so that the contents of the bag do not overflow. You can also use two waste bags if the contents are leaking. The cleaning staff should also wear necessary PPE like disposable gloves and masks.
4. Employee Hygiene kits
Personal hygiene kits are a great way to eliminate sharing among employees and ensure optimum safety. The products you will need in your hygiene kit will vary based on the line of work and the number of employees you have. However, here are some must-haves if you are planning on customising a “Back to Work” kit for your employees
You can also provide your employees with personalized stationery, tech gadgets and items like mugs and water bottles with your branding on them. Get in touch with us at [email protected] or browse our promotional workplace products here.
We have never had to approach office layout as we do now, so getting the best advice is your starting point. 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, and we’ll guide you to the best workplace products for safeguarding the hygiene of your office.