How will our workplace layouts evolve as we return to workplaces?

June is also known as Return to the workplace month, but what are your plans to return to the office?

We know many corporations are scrambling to make sure that their employees can return to the office with peace of mind. As an interior decorating professional, one of the questions we receive from our clients is how to ensure Social Distancing. Today we’d like to share with you a few examples of how to reuse as much of your current furniture as possible and change the layout of your office to achieve a 6′ social distance.

Here are some examples of layout transitions:

1. Panel-Based Workstations transition example

New workplace layout option 1

 

Current: Height-adjustable tables accommodate posture change・Storage and panel height provides vertical and horizontal separation

Short-Term: Height-adjustable tables accommodate posture change・Storage and panel height provide vertical and horizontal separation・Removal of stools controls occupancy・Removing work tools eases cleanability

Long-Term: Height-adjustable tables accommodate posture change・Frameless glass added to panels to increase vertical separation・Removal of stools controls occupancy・Removing work tools eases cleanability・Item placed on lower storage to deter visitors from workstation area

2. Benching style workplace transition example

New workplace layout option 2

Current: Materiality assessed for cleanability and changed as needed・Individual storage provided for worker needs

Short-Term: Materiality assessed for cleanability and changed as needed・Individual storage provided for worker needs・Benching scaled down from 6 occupants to 4・Storage cubbies adapted for individual work points

Long-Term: Materiality assessed for cleanability and changed as needed・Individual storage provided for worker needs • Screens adapted for individual workpoints・Panels added with appropriate height

3. Cafe layout transition example

New workplace layout option 3

Current: Materiality assessed for cleanability and changed as needed

Short-Term: Materiality assessed for cleanability and changed as needed・Single seats provide proper distancing • Cleaning protocols are in place • Additional space provided between booths • Fewer chairs prohibit gathering • Direct view to others supports conversations in open space

Long-Term: Materiality assessed for cleanability and changed as needed・Single seats provide proper distancing・Cleaning protocols are in place・Fewer chairs prohibit gathering・Direct view to others supports conversations in open space

 

We are also often inquired about the various types of screens that can be installed on desktops to increase the safety and security of employees.

Some to-do-lists are quickly and easily executed in-house, however, if you would like professional consulting, please reach out to us with any of your concerns.  When designing a “New Normal office”, we just don’t want the space to be socially distanced, we want it to be practical and comfortable as well.  We see the value of taking the company’s culture and workflow into account.  Let’s see how your new norm office will look like!

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