How to prepare your office for reoccupation

30 June 2020. Features.

Article by Alan Jamieson, COO.

Employee engagement and workplace strategist WKspace surveyed 55,000 business owners and employees to discover opinions of the future of the workplace, 94% of people stated that they have missed the office, 62% plan on attending the workplace regularly, 41% of which saying they don’t plan to return until the workspace is safe.

The data shows employees are actually looking forward to returning to their office, 74% want to know the exact details of safety measures before they return.

It’s reassuring to see that there is no data indicating 'the death of the office’, however the transition from setting up a Covid-safe office environment for employees is at the forefront of business agendas.

Preparing your office for reoccupation

Throughout May and June we have seen businesses begin to set up their workplaces to support the safe transition of the workforce back into the office environment for those who are unable to do their job from home, and in preparation for a phased return, meaning businesses will need to adapt their current working environment under COVID-19 health and safety restrictions.

There is a lot to process, but what is clear is that office environments are relative to the businesses that occupy them and there is no one size fits all solution.

Key points to apply from Government guidelines

We applied the guidelines to our HQ Sterling House to ensure that we provided a safe working environment for our own people.

We’ve put together the following infographic checklist for what you, as an office provider, legally need to carry out starting with a detailed risk assessment followed by additional concepts to consider.

Our guidance is underpinned by Government guidelines, and as with everything Peldon Rose do, we’ve shaped it around the heart of a business, the workforce.

Returning to work checklist

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It is vital that you engage your workforce and they understand why their actions are critical to the safety of others and themselves. To provide clarity and transparency of the process for our team, we created a video to help our team understand the changes.

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