10 Ways to Transition Back to Work in a Post-COVID-19 World by Gensler

Note: this article was posted on Gensler’s website on April 20, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new and incredible challenges for millions of workers around the globe. In just a matter of weeks, the workforce at large has quickly and strategically navigated the sudden shift to remote working, while maintaining the symbiotic relationship between business continuity and employee well-being.

As we look ahead, our clients across the globe are grappling with how they can plan, communicate, and transition hundreds to thousands of employees back into the office with new guidelines and policies to maintain the health of both employees and the company. They’re asking: How do we start planning the transition back into the office when the time comes? What can we start doing now?

For many organizations, implementing an effective outcome starts with those on the front lines: the IT, human resources, real estate, facilities, and service teams who support teams remotely and accommodate the critical staff who still remain in the office. These teams are challenged with the logistics of planning and implementing new ways of working that balance business continuity with employee safety — now, and in the months to come.

While there is no one-size-fits-all approach, we’ve outlined some considerations, tools, and methodologies that we’re working with clients on that may help guide other organizations who are facing these unprecedented challenges:

1. Rethink density to prioritize physical distancing
2. Plan phased scenarios for returning to work
3. Identify essential workers.
4. Reconfigure flex spaces.
5. Reconsider the use of free address seating areas
6. Track who sits where.
7. Introduce shift work.
8. Designate isolation rooms
9. Plan and communicate cleaning regimens.
10. Screen for admittance to the office
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