As vaccines continue to roll out and businesses start to open up again, we’re now curious about our post-lockdown lives. One daily routine the virus has affected in particular is our working environments and they will continue to be adapted for the foreseeable future.
Offices, Coffee Shops, restaurants and shops are looking for new ways to welcome staff and customers back, safely.
Over the past few months, we’ve been working with offices and co-working spaces locally here in Cardiff to adapt their space and furniture to accommodate social distancing, without losing style, usability, look and feel of their environment.
We have a few tips to share to help you adapt your office space for COVID-19:
How To Adapt Your Office Space To Allow Social Distancing
Reinventing The Work Station
Over the years, work space has gotten smaller and smaller with each piece of technology that is added to the desk, but now we’re looking to add more space to our desks and workspaces. Here are a few tips on how we can adapt our workstations:
- Stagger stations so people don’t work directly opposite each other
- Section off desks with storage cabinets which would usually be under desks or in a stationary room
- Rotate staff who are working in the office, taking turns to work remotely
- Use pods of desks, where everything that a member of staff could need, from a printer to stationary, is within their station of 2-3 desks, minimising the need to cross-contaminate between pods and workspaces
- Introduce additional working spaces, from sofas to standing desks, providing your staff with a variety of spaced options
You may find yourself limited by large desks, specific sized cabinets that don’t quite fit between each desk now we’re having to break up space. This is where versatile and easily adaptable furniture can come in handy. We hope COVID-19 isn’t around forever, and when we do see the back of it, we may want to adapt our office spaces once again, so finding a furniture option that can be adaptable depending on your space is key here.
Last year, we had the pleasure of partnering with PlayWood, supplying a customisable modular bracket system which allows you to use recycled materials for the structure, with the brackets that keep them in place with no need to drill, glue or screw. This reusable system lends itself well to retail and office spaces, especially as your team adapts in size and your office space or location may change from time to time.
More Small Meeting Rooms
While it may sound counter-intuitive, find ways to create small pod-like meeting spaces, big enough for small groups, but ideal for two to comfortably sit at a distance. Sliding or glass doors can also benefit by prompting the people using the room to keep the door open for air flow, while preventing people from disturbing meetings as they can see that the room is occupied.
In a time where working can often feel very isolated, small meeting rooms will encourage collaboration, while providing an option for ‘heads-down’ working in a quiet place.
Embracing Outdoor Space
Are you fortunate enough to have a balcony or outdoor space for your business or office? Make the most of this space by hosting outdoor or walking meetings. Using the outdoors helps people keep a safe distance, while having the opportunity to take a break from their workstation.
There’s no right or wrong way to adapt your space to allow for social distancing and optimum safety, but after spending a lot of time working with businesses to do just that, we would love to talk to you about how we can help.
Get in touch for support in redesigning your office space. We’d love to say hello!