How Covid-19 has changed the office environment

Since the emergence of the global pandemic known as Covid-19, steps have been taken to protect the health of individuals worldwide. These steps have extended beyond our homes and grocery stores, into the workspace that many have returned to. Here’s how Covid-19 has changed the office environment:

 

Sanitisation

One of the first things that you will notice in your post-Covid-19 office environment is how sanitary it is. This is not to say that your office environment was not clean before, but that additional steps will be taken to keep it clean and healthy. Not only will the space be cleaned more frequently, but there will also be signs about how you as an employee can take steps to keep yourself and your space sanitised and healthy.

 

Flexibility

The flexibility of the office environment will change. Prior to covid-19, you and your colleagues may have been travelling to work every day, creating a full office environment with less personal space. During these times, you may find your office environment to be a lot emptier. This is due to the flexibility of the office environment and the ability of some individuals to work from home on a continuous basis. The few that you would see in office environment would be those that cannot work from home, or do not want to work from home.

 

Floor plans

One new idea introduced by the covid-19 pandemic is the “six feet office”. This “six feet office” is referring to an office floor plan that does not place individuals within six feet of each other. This can be achieved with your current floorplan and empty building; however, the floorplan will need to change as more individuals start returning to the office.

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