Hygienic Workplace Design
COVID-19 has shocked the world. We will never live or work in quite the same way again. So, as the population slowly begins to return to work following widespread coronavirus lockdown measures, office design is having to be seriously reconsidered.
The workplace of the future is cleaner, bigger on personal space and more conducive to better health and safety overall. The time has come to rethink the open-plan philosophy and build healthier workspaces as we enter a new age of hygienic workplace design.
Optimise the space you have
COVID-19 has opened our eyes to the importance of personal space. It’s not just a preference anymore, it’s a necessity. And as people filter back into offices, space needs to become a priority.
Like a game of Tetris, arranging an office can be tricky – especially when you have limited space to work with. But ideally, the hygienic office allows for two metres (roughly six-and-a-half feet) between each person. This may not always be possible in a smaller office, though.
If space is an issue, there are other measures you can put into place to keep the space healthy. Consider Perspex barriers between desks. These still allow staff members to interact and see each other but provide a buffer for germs.
Top and tail
Using a “top and tail” layout can also help minimise contact, without compromising on the necessary interaction capability. This is where those Tetris skills will come in really handy.
Arrange seating so that employees don’t face each other directly, but still have line of sight. So, where employees would sit directly opposite each other before, shift one seat more to the right and the opposite seat more to the left. This way, they are still able to see each other but don’t run the risk of exchanging germs head-on.
Keep it clean
Cleanliness is the strongest weapon in a hygienic workplace. Making sure that your cleaning staff are equipped with adequate disinfectants, cleaning equipment and personal protective equipment is an absolute must. Encouraging regular hand hygiene among your staff members is extremely important, too.
Mandatory sanitiser dispensers at all entrances to the office and outside kitchens and bathrooms, along with signage along the lines of “Please sanitise before returning to your desk”, can serve as helpful reminders.
Clean up your office design
Novex Solutions has been designing highly effective offices in Chertsey and surrounds for 20 years. We stay up-to-date with the latest in office design trends and technology so that we can keep our clients’ offices optimised every day.
Refurbishing or rethinking your office design post COVID-19 doesn’t have to be a stressful process. The Novex team has all the tricks to keep your office hygienic in-hand as our work environments continue to evolve in an ever-changing world.
Call or email Novex Solutions to find your hygienic office design solution today. Download
our “Stress-Free Guide to Workplace Refurbishment” here.