Covid-19 forced companies to ‘pivot’ in order to stay relevant or support the fight against the coronavirus but now it is forcing employers to rethink their workspaces as economies eagerly begin to reopen. However, if we simply return to work as we did before we risk undoing all our progress.In order to come out on top during this global coronavirus pandemic, it was important to evaluate what needs were going unfulfilled and identify how you could have met those demands. Click To Tweet
Some examples of this included the Danish toy company Lego. They made changes to their assembly lines to allow them to produce visors for healthcare workers. As medical supplies continue to remain in high demand, manufacturers are still adjusting to meet the needs.
Multi-Blend Ltd. focused on only producing the 20 most critical products in its catalog as opposed to the 150 they normally offer. Even small businesses made their own contributions to their local audiences. In response to the wide-scale social isolation taking place, Les Biscuits Josie started to offer at-home decoration cookie kits as an activity for parents and kids.
The same creativity will be required by employers when evaluating their spaces to implement regulations set by governments and meet expectations their stakeholders have in order to feel comfortable conducting business together.
In order to adapt to the new demands, Skyline Entourage has started offering their products and inventory as a solution to the social distancing issues in the workplace. These products are not only structural but also modular. This allows them to be used in a variety of configurations to suit a wide range of needs.
It is important to respect social distancing, but not all offices may have the space to permit safe distances. Using structural elements, one could create walls or even offices that are easy to set up and re-arrange as needed. Other creative uses include creating enclosed visiting areas, using banner stands as a backdrop for video conferences, and even setting pop-up infirmaries. At a minimum company will need to include a hand sanitizing station, or glove & mask pick up.
By rethinking our needs and spaces may be able to return to work sooner than expected. As we start to see more businesses reopening it is important, we make changes to our workspaces and how we work to adapt to CoVID-19. Click To Tweet
If you want more in-depth examples and ideas about what other companies are implementing, join our webinar Getting Back to Business Safely – How to Rethink Your Space for COVID-19 on May 13 or May 14 at 10:00 am.
By: Adam Chan & Karla Flores – May 4, 2020