There is still much uncertainty about the development of the COVID-19 virus. What is certain, is that it has changed the way we work and interact with each other and will cause a step-change in workplace strategies. A proactive and practical dialogue on the total workplace environment is necessary.
This Insight is a joint initiative of Turner & Townsend Russia and ABD architects. Our aim is to help our Clients to prepare their offices for a safe and healthy return of employees to the workplace in a gradual and thoughtful manner. This Insight is based on Turner & Townsend best practice experience with our corporate Clients in Asia and Europe who are already back at work or returning to work, and bespoke experience of ABD architects in workplace strategies and office design in Russia.
Preparation for reopening requires development of detailed plans taking into account the following aspects:
The workplace environment must adhere to guidance provided by the Russia Ministry of Health. They prescribe a gradual return of employees in line with new social distancing measures and health and sanitary requirements, including:
Based on a holistic review of business requirements, options considering anticipated changes to workplace strategy in a post-COVID-19 world should be developed. This includes mainly new rules on how to use the space to support physical distancing and other safety practices, and enhance continuous communications and wellbeing.
Working space: distance between occupied desks = 2m. Shift everyday work desks. Mark desks that should be not used, ins ert flowers or take away the working chair on a daily basis.
Meeting rooms: reconsider density. Usually a room for 4 will become a room for 1 or 2, a room for 8 will become a room for 4, etc. We advise you take extra chairs out of the room. Consider if doors can be left open – to minimise contact with door handles or consider if doors can be introduced that don’t have handles, are pushed in by a shoulder or elbow.
Walking zone: Provide more space for circulation (e.g. by taking extra chairs and some desks out).
Pantry/kitchens: take out extra chairs to provide 2m distance; provide frequent cleaning, review policy on keeping food in the refrigerator. Use individual or disposable cups, plates, etc as much as possible.
Please contact us for the Immediate and coordinated action to help you get your people back in to your workplaces quickly and safely and to balance your long term strategy in parallel:
t: + 7 495 223 86 50
Interior Design Department Principal,
t: + 7 495 223 86 50