When your office reopens and your colleagues can work from the office again, this has a huge impact on your facilities considering all the health regulations. Firstly, there are consequences on the facilities due to the new regulations. The physical distancing between your colleagues requires physical distancing for the spatial dimensions as well. Desks need more space, meeting rooms can handle fewer people, and there are several consequences for the traveling lanes; elevators, and hallways. Furthermore, facilities need the appropriate hygienic measures to avoid spreading. Altogether, this requires a thorough Re-Entry Strategy for the facilities teams to comply with the regulations.
However, there are also several psychological consequences for your colleagues who use the facilities as well. During the past months, your colleagues were forced to work from home, which they might have started to love or hate. They might desire to come to the office just for meetings and social interactions, while there is only limited space for them. Moreover, the beliefs of your colleagues might influence to what extent they want to comply with the governmental regulations. It is therefore warranted to gather as much information as possible regarding the governmental regulations and from your colleagues to reorganise the office effectively. In this whitepaper, we will give an outline to prepare your office, and your colleagues effectively that will help you to sustain the productivity of your organisation during these uncertain times.
Preparing the office
The purpose of the office
Before starting to pull your desks 1.5 meters apart from each other, it is good to re-think the purpose of your office. Pre COVID-19 there was already a shift going towards the perception that offices should become rather a place for meeting and interacting with each other. From our own global Habital® Remote research and the scientific articles we have researched, we have learned that colleagues mostly miss social interaction when working from home.