Most open-plan offices continue to be empty during this lockdown, many are working from home or remotely. The up is that, as levels of the lockdown ease and more companies are becoming familiar with regulations as well as the Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) programme.
The COVID 19 work compliance champion’s such as Property Manager, Facilities Manager, Site and Operation Managers, including Management, will have to ensure that the scope and program is sustainable way beyond level 3 and that includes physical distance in the workplace.
Offices have a history
So fast forward 2020, desks will have to be separated, restructuring and putting up barriers as means to ensure physical distancing of staff is maintained, along other health and safety protocols as per regulations, now this sounds very much like the cubicle.
According to Grace Chen (2020), the cubicle a brain child of the 1960s was trendy, in the office designs era, affording workers more freedom to work independently thus productively.
The modern changes in both the compactness as well as the capacity of office devices and technology, have altered the work environment. Liberating companies in detaching from the traditional restrained, static and rigid way of working, going for privacy, adaptability and dynamic environments, which still retain its workplace atmosphere.
Reimagine the office space
While safety is ensured, the entrance of any company plays an integral role and that means the reception area that used to be open and welcoming with a vase of flowers, need not change or be isolated. Adding a Virus Protection Screens or some form of barrier will ensure that the reception is still welcoming, the staff and customers alike are protected from the spreading of potential viruses.
Aluglass Bautech’s Virus Protection Screens have proven effective in maintaining social distancing in spaces that are frequently visited, they are cost effective, easy to install as well as remove and can easily be used post the Covid 19 pandemic.
Superior design for superior Partitioning
Research continues to reveal that traditional offices are not always productive spaces and naturally create some form of interaction, hence the office design is in improving the interaction between the worker and the work environment, at the same time remove possible threats that may hinder productivity and performance, today COVID-19 is that threat and no doubt has impacted on overall productivity and work culture.
Therefore, a superior design that promotes better workplace safety and the most recent non-negotiable, being the health and wellbeing of workers. Privacy, while still making a space feel light and open, is essential and the GF Serene Acoustic Demountable Glass Partitions offer just that. It creates QUIET office spaces within open plan applications.
A flexible way to minimise risks
Whether you want to partition a small office or a giant conference room, the Variflex® system is a perfect way for flexible space optimisation, which uses only an overhead suspended track, meaning no unappealing and potential tripping hazard from a floor track. The Glass finish options for clear view or privacy, allow for freedom to choose from arctic snow laminated glass, which is used instead of sandblasting and decorative treatments on glass which offer increased performance.
Therefore, the Variflex® mobile acoustic partitions with glass, not only creates quiet office spaces, it is future forward. Removing that closed-room feel and still offering a sense of privacy, at the same time letting natural light in.
Assuredly, we need not revert to traditional cubicle days with such options, while shared and co-working environments might be a thing of the past, in addition to open plan offices. Flexibility then becomes a key factor.
Therefore, key to minimising risks is a design and engineering that benefits the bottom line, as demonstrated above, it should offer a safe working environment (also easy to clean), allow for efficiency, flexibility and good use of existing space.
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