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ADCO – Back To Work

“With proper implementation of safety measures, and adherence to the new guidelines, we can get back to normal as soon as possible and you can work with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your safety is paramount.”

 

As people all over the world begin to return to the workplace, two things really come to mind. Firstly, we are all so much more aware of our health and safety, not just on a personal level, but also with how what we do impacts other people’s lives. Secondly, we might take a look back on how we’ve lived our lives previously, how much of our lifestyle we’ve taken for granted, and we can improve upon things going forward.

With proper implementation of safety measures, and adherence to the new guidelines, we can get back to normal as soon as possible and you can work with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your safety is paramount. People are the most important asset of any company. The staff, the clients, and the customers are what drive the success of any business. As all of these groups return to workplaces, let’s take a look at what businesses can do to accommodate them. 

 

Some changes and enhancements to the workspace can really help to improve worker happiness and productivity, and with so much changing to reflect the new normal in health and hygiene standards, then this might be the perfect time to reconfigure the office. 

 

We’ll start with a big one: how about a rethink of how your business works? Some changes and enhancements to the workspace can really help to improve building occupants’ happiness and productivity, and with so much changing to reflect the new normal in health and hygiene standards, then this might be the perfect time to reconfigure the office. With so many people now working from home (either through choice or necessity) you may wish to consider a new system to keep everyone updated and on the same page. Those working from home won’t feel left out of the loop, and those in the office will greatly appreciate not having to update the working from home employees on all of the latest happenings. However, it would not be a good idea to make these updates a one-way street. Implement a system that allows employees to respond. Let all of your employees air their opinions and concerns. This should keep office cohesion at a maximum, and let you deal with small problems before they become big problems. One such system is Slack. Slack is a messaging app which claims to be faster, better organized, and more secure than email. It’s available for mobile, desktop, and can even be run in your browser. You can divide your employees up into separate channels, or put them all together, depending on your needs. One on one messaging is also possible. Slack allows people to send images, messages, videos, links, documents and everything else you can imagine. Slack even syncs with Google Calendar and Google Drive, meaning you won’t need to find new apps to do these jobs.

 

Take some time to rethink the layout of your office. Not just your personal space, but of the space of your business as a whole. Maybe you’re considering a new fit out. You’ll need to consider whether that’s going to be Category A or Category B. It will all depend on your business needs, and if you successfully match your office size and layout to your business needs then you’ll find it much easier to reach your objectives. New data is emerging which shows the benefits of different office styles. In some businesses it really pays off to have your employees see each other face to face. For example, Yahoo have done away with all remote work as they believe that chance encounters between individuals around the office can give rise to conversations which open up new perspectives on how the business can act going forward. For some, office spaces aren’t just real estate, they are a tool for facilitating communication. For your employees, the ability to communicate, interact, and collaborate might be the main thing which will draw them happily back to the office. Of course, right now we need to consider the health implications of working in an office. Responsible employers will take necessary precautions when laying out the new office. The general flow of the office will need to be rethought. For example, one simple method is to place guidelines on the floor to indicate where employees should walk. This helps to minimise unnecessary contact. Plastic dividers between desks which have been spaced adequately apart will allow employees to work with confidence, while still being present in the office. An increase in sinks and sanitisation stations will allow for hygiene to remain at its utmost, and for the ultimate solution you may wish to invest in no touch amenities. These are doors which unlock as an individual approaches, elevators which are summoned by an employee card or badge, a coffee machine which can be operated from a mobile app, or voice activated meeting rooms.

 

It’s important to choose the right fit out partner. Designers, engineers, and architects will all have their own views on what you can and should do with your office space, but the most important thing is that they should be someone who can help you to understand your business’ needs and help you to build your ideal office. They should be able to help you create a realistic budget as well as a timeframe for when the works will be completed. This will allow you to make concrete plans for your business’ future. You’ll need to be able to tell your employees when they can come back to the office which will be dependent on the detailed timeframe for the works.

 

When the fit out is complete, your new office will be handed over to you. You’ll be able to check for any mistakes or anything that didn’t go to plan, and have them rectified. Once this is done, all that remains is for you to welcome your employees back to the office. 

 

Second Version

 

“With proper implementation of safety measures, and adherence to the new guidelines, we can get back to normal as soon as possible and you can work with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that your safety is paramount.”

 

As people all over the world begin to return to the workplace, two things really come to mind. Firstly, we are all so much more aware of our health and safety, not just on a personal level, but also with how what we do impacts other people’s lives. Secondly, we might take a look back on how we’ve lived our lives previously, how much of our lifestyle we’ve taken for granted, and we can improve upon things going forward.

 

With proper implementation of safety measures, and adherence to the new guidelines, your business can safely get back to normal. People are the most important asset of your company and as they return to workplaces, let’s take a look at what business owners, facilities management teams, human resource managers and COOs can do to accommodate them and give them a sense of personal security.

 

Not only is the social aspect of getting back to work important, but when we’re sitting at home alone we miss the opportunity to learn from our colleagues.

 

Working from home has granted many of us a level of freedom that we had never experienced before. Having the option of stepping away from the monitor and popping out to the shops, making a snack, or having a quick stroll around the garden to take in the sun and the sights has made many of us reluctant to step back into the office. It’s understandable that there might be some fear of breaking out of the comfortable groove we’ve found ourselves in. Our time away from the workplace may have skewed our perspectives a little bit, and it’s possible that we have forgotten all of the benefits of working closely with our teams.

Firstly, it’s important to remember that some people will want to get back into the office. Unfortunately, social isolation has played a big part in many people’s lives in recent times, and the opportunity to get back and mingle with coworkers and communicate face to face can’t come soon enough! Not only is the social aspect important, but when we’re sitting at home alone we miss the opportunity to learn from our colleagues. The benefits of the mentoring provided to us in the workplace cannot be understated. 

 

Chance meetings and conversations can lead to changes in perspective and the emergence of new ideas.

 

Some companies really encourage their staff to intermingle, as chance meetings and conversations can lead to changes in perspective and the emergence of new ideas.

Why not facilitate these kinds of meetings, while keeping the relaxed work from home atmosphere? Outdoor dining at the workplace is one way to do just that. While the weather might not always be accommodating, having the freedom to step outside for a quick lunch and to catch up with the people you haven’t seen in some time improves energy levels and a breath of fresh air is invigorating, and motivates us to do our best work. Your fit out contractor can help you to design an outdoor dining space that’s both safe, dry and functional.

 

Having proper ventilation is a driver of building occupants’ sense of personal security at work.

 

Speaking of fresh air, it’s important to be aware of systems design –  workplace heating, cooling, and ventilation. In a time when we’re more conscious than ever of workplace air quality, having proper ventilation is a driver of building occupants’ sense of personal security at work. Co2 monitoring is a good indicator of air quality, if levels of Co2 are low it indicates that air is being well filtered and areas are well ventilated which helps ease fears some may have about the spread of viruses and bacteria. 

Multifunctional spaces –  your office may have untapped potential for optimising space.

 

Taking the conversation into a multifunctional space can really spark innovation. Collaboration, brainstorming and team building can take place all across the workplace. Large or small, closed or open, meeting rooms should be adaptable and available to encourage these kinds of spontaneous interactions. Choosing the right fit out company might show you that your office may have untapped potential for optimising space!

 

The AV equipment you’ve accrued to make communication from the office to people’s homes can bring value to your people as they get back to the office.

 

Finally, as we make our way back to the office, it’s worth noting that all of the AV equipment you’ve accrued to make communication from the office to people’s homes can bring value to your people.  As long distance travel is still somewhat restrictive, teleconferencing is more popular than ever. Having the option of getting in touch with people across the world with little effort is making workplaces more dynamic than ever, and you’ll be able to brainstorm with your team before engaging in those all important dialogues. A comfortable and accommodating space that encourages this communication can really pay off. What really brings out the best in employees are visual and audio systems which almost make them feel that they are in the same room as dispersed colleagues. Microphones, speakers and virtual white boards ensure that nothing is lost across even the greatest distances. This new infrastructure may also be used for digital signage. This allows for the lightning quick spread of important information, and keeps everyone in the office informed, further underpinning their sense of personal security. 

 

To make these things happen, you’ll want to partner up with an experienced fit out company. Creating the perfect office is a collaborative project, and we are happy to help you every step of the way.

 

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