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.
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.
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.
Move workstations and desks apart to increase distancing.
Add Space Division
Increase barriers for existing workspaces by adding screening, storage elements, plants or partitions.
At workstations, consider increased user-movable screening and privacy devices to reduce exposure.
Implement the highest boundary possible above the worksurface (on all exposed sides) when a minimum 6ft/2m distance cannot be achieved.