Companies want to bring people back to the office because they know it’s the best place for people to come together, align on priorities and get things done.

Here are some of the design changes that should be considered.

Physical Distancing

Create minimum 6ft/2m distancing between people in open workstations, meeting spaces, cafés and lounge spaces. Reduce occupancy by removing desks, tables and seating, or use alternate desks.

Meet in the open

Use open spaces for meetings of more than five people, leveraging flexible furniture with movable whiteboards and screens to create boundaries.

More owned spaces

Reduce/eliminate shared desking and shift to more owned individual spaces.

Re-orient Furniture

Reconfigure desking to reduce face-to- face orientation; turn workstations to 90-degee angles to prevent workers from working directly across or behind one another.

Separate Desks

Move workstations and desks apart to increase distancing.

Add Space Division

Increase barriers for existing workspaces by adding screening, storage elements, plants or partitions.

Moveable Screens

At workstations, consider increased user-movable screening and privacy devices to reduce exposure.

Height Helps

Implement the highest boundary possible above the worksurface (on all exposed sides) when a minimum 6ft/2m distance cannot be achieved.