As restrictions on stay-at-home orders are relaxed, and the economy begins to reopen, what are corporate offices going to look like post-COVID-19? We know for sure that office spaces and interactions between employees won’t look the same. Companies will need to be mindful that their employees are going to be very cautious when coming back into the workspace. They will need to take additional measures to ensure that their work environment is a safe place.
Below is a list of suggestions companies should consider to create this environment:
There has also been talk of upgrading HVAC systems and air quality within buildings. We don’t see this as an immediate task due to the cost to upgrade these systems without more knowledge of the COVID-19 virus and whether this will be a yearly reoccurring virus similar to the flu.
If new buildings under construction or in the design phase adopt these measures, it could give their building an advantage over other buildings when companies are looking for new space. We also think that when a company is building out their space, architects and designers will want to look for material that has antimicrobial features within it as well as material that is “self-cleaning.”
Technology will continue to play a huge role when companies begin to reenter the workforce. Companies have been forced to use telecommunication services such as Zoom or Microsoft Teams during this time, and we don’t see that changing even once employees return to the office. Since employees have been using these services for some time now, they are beginning to feel more comfortable with the platforms. Instead of holding face-to-face meetings in conference rooms, we believe companies will still host virtual meetings using a technology platform even though they are in the same office.
We think most employees will be excited to get back into the office and have that reconnection to their coworkers, but companies will have to take some important safety measures and make them prominent to provide their employees with a feeling that their workplace is a clean and safe environment.