COVID-19 has disrupted the normalcy of doing things. Many offices had to close down to control the spread of this disease. There are inevitable office space’s adjustments that are required to keep the employees healthy even after the COVID-19 pandemic.
Space the Workers
Utilizing every space available to reduce social mixing can make offices safer for employees even after COVID-19. The appropriate social distance between employees may be challenging to attain in a limited office space. However, it is a health necessity to ensure everyone is safe. Office space can be created by renovating unused rooms in the office premises. Separating employees’ desks with sneeze screens can be done to control the spread of airborne disease.
Hand Washing Areas
Before COVID-19, washing hands in the office was mainly done in the washrooms. Offices should now set up more areas where employees can wash their hands. Permanent hand washing areas will help control the spread of COVID-19 and also improve general hygiene.
Adjust Doors and Windows
Employees do not need to touch everything with their hands. Doors can be adjusted such that they can be opened or closed without touching the handles. Installing motion lights is another brilliant idea. Workers in an office do not need to switch the lights on or off. Installing automatic motion sensors in office bathrooms can also help. Sensor water taps will facilitate washing of hands without touching the faucet.
Invest in Personal Gadgets
Having individual gadgets for your employees can help minimize social mixing in the office. Investing in more tablets and computers is prudent. Installing Bluetooth technology is recommended. Employees can use this technology to connect to other technologically enabled devices in the office. This will minimize the touching and sharing of office equipment such as speakers, computers, among others.
Adjust the Furniture and the Floor
Furniture should be easy to clean. Replacing the furniture in your office with one that has easy to clean surfaces is recommended. The floor should be made with a material that can be cleaned easily as well. This will ensure the office space is tidy throughout. A clean environment can improve the health of employees.
Finally, the office should have adequate air circulation. This can be done by adjusting the position of the furniture and other office equipment to clear the airways. Windows and other ventilation areas should freely allow the air to pass in and out.
COVID-19 is changing the way businesses function. Many of these adjustments will carry on even when the pandemic subsides. Use the above changes in your office permanently.
Emma is a freelance writer based out of Boston, MA. She writes most often on health and education. When not writing, she enjoys reading and watching film noir. Say hi on Twitter @EmmaSturgis2