While the Government will provide guidance for organisations as the UK slowly reduces restrictions, the way forward is far from clear cut.
As we start to see countries around the world beginning to relax their lockdown measures and reduce restrictions, businesses are looking to create plans for the return to a new normal. However, whilst the Government will be providing guidance for organisations, the way forward is far from clear cut, with businesses needing to assess how they can support their employees to return to work, alongside looking to stimulate the bottom line. All at the same time as helping to avoid putting the country at risk of a second wave of infections.
Darling Associates Director Kate Moore says: “We believe that big changes will be required to get the UK back to work safely, and we are using spatial planning to help our clients re-plan their existing office layouts for when the lockdown measures are eased.
“The principles for reconfiguring offices must be rooted in maintaining social distancing, practices throughout the workspace. Creating visual and non-intrusive indicators such as different colour carpets or taking the floor, can help to reinforce the right behaviours.
“Creating a one-way travel system around an office and removing seating from meeting rooms could also help with managing the distancing requirements.
“The changes go beyond work being your destination for the day; we are also encouraging organisations to think about how they can help their employees travel to work safely, by doing things like converting existing meeting rooms into cycle stores.”