Many businesses across the country have had their doors closed for almost an entire year. Now that we have a better understanding of COVID-19, and there’s hope on the horizon thanks to effective vaccine development, many businesses have decided to transition back into the office. It’s been a slow change, as COVID-19 still threatens communities from coast to coast, but it’s helping people regain some sense of normalcy. To make sure everyone is taking the proper precautions and staying safe throughout the coronavirus pandemic, here’s how to reconfigure your office furniture to create a safe workspace.
1. Integrate Flexible, Separated Collaboration Work Areas/Desks
Having dedicated working areas for each of your employees can be problematic if you have flex scheduling. Since many businesses are easing into the return, it creates a different balance of day-to-day workers. Rather than having individually assigned zones, integrate flexible, yet separated collaboration work areas or desks. This allows those in the office to take advantage of as much open space as possible. To avoid cross-contamination, hire a professional cleaner to come in and disinfect your office every night.
2. Add Acrylic/Plexiglass Barriers
If the above concept doesn’t work, make sure there are added layers of protection between your employees while they’re at their workspace. You can achieve this by adding cost-effective acrylic or plexiglass barriers between desks. This allows for social distancing in closer proximity, so communication isn’t hindered. Even if you integrate flexible, separated work areas, acrylic or plexiglass barriers can increase protection.
3. Utilize Media Wall Units and Video Chat Rooms
Since it’s unlikely that your entire office will return at the same time, it’s important to make sure that your onsite employees have a way to communicate with those telecommuting. For this to be efficient, utilize media wall units and video chat rooms throughout the office. You can easily accomplish this by transforming conference rooms into multimedia rooms. This gives people a place to have important calls using a strong connection and plenty of room for productivity.
4. Incorporate the Proper Social Distancing Signage, Sanitizers, and Disinfectants
While social distancing, hand washing, and mask wearing has been burned into our subconscious throughout the past year, it’s still important to keep it at the front of your mind. Incorporate the proper social distancing signage using floor indicators to make sure that people can visually understand what six feet is. Install plenty of hand sanitizing stations throughout the office and keep disinfectants readily available for employees to use as they go about their day. The act of making something visible positively influences behavior. Increased use means less risk associated with high-touch points.
5. Reduce Seats Available in Conference Rooms
Regardless of if you transform your conference room into an area for video chats or not, you should reduce the seating available. Fewer seats give a visual representation of the recommended capacity for that room. Due to COVID-19, this number will be far lower than the actual room capacity, as it’s important to adhere to the proper social distancing protocols.
As more businesses make adaptations to their offices to create a safer workspace, make sure that you utilize the proper installation methods. On Point Installations provides COVID-19 safe non-union commercial furniture installation services to the Chicagoland and Midwest region. Our experienced office furniture installers throughout Chicago are capable of installing storage, work surfaces, media products, cabinets, and more in a manner that will help adhere to plans for a safer office. To learn more about our services, or to get a free quote, contact us today by calling 847-550-4042.
Keep Employees Safe by Reconfiguring Your Office Furniture to Adhere to CDC Guidelines
Returning to work has been both exciting and scary for many people across the country. While vaccines are being distributed and more people than ever are wearing their masks, COVID-19 is still an ongoing threat. However, after almost a year of on-again, off-again closures and re-openings, many businesses have decided that it’s time to give employees the option of returning to work. To make sure that this doesn’t cause problems, there are some precautions that should be taken. Here’s how to keep employees safe by reconfiguring your office furniture to adhere to CDC guidelines.
- Integrate Flexible, Separated Collaboration Work Areas/Desks
- Add Acrylic/Plexiglass Barriers
- Utilize Media Wall Units and Video Chat Rooms
- Incorporate the Proper Social Distancing Signage, Sanitizers, and Disinfectants
- Reduce Seats Available in Conference Rooms
If you’re interested in offering your clients these services, make sure that you utilize an office furniture installer that adheres to COVID-19 safe procedures. On Point Installations is an office furniture installer in the Chicagoland area that’s dedicated to helping you with everything from decommission and disposal to office furniture reconfiguration and installation. To learn more about our services, or to get a free quote, contact us today by calling 847-550-4042.