Social distancing has become a commonly used term over the past few months.
This is due to the onset of the COVID-19 virus, and the restrictions and guidelines that have been put in place by governments all over the world.
However, it’s not just a term that applies to day to day living. In fact, it’s now being used to describe a new approach to office design and fit-outs.
The concept of social distancing in the office will be here to stay for a while. Businesses will be more wary than ever of the impact of illness in the workplace.
And so they should be.
Therefore, here are some tips from a professional Sydney office fit-out company on creating the perfect socially distanced office for your business.
The first thing to address (and probably the easiest) is the seating plan in your office.
Our government has recommended keeping a distance of 1.5m when out and about. This distancing recommendation can also apply to the office.
When you’re rethinking your seating plan, use the 1.5m guide to make sure your workstations are adequately spaced out.
This will ensure that any potential spread of germs and bacteria in the office is negated.
A professional Sydney office design and office fit-out company like Niche Projects can help you perfect your seating plan.
Optimising Breakout Areas
Breakout areas are an essential part of any office.
These spaces allow your staff to socialise, unwind and enjoy a drink or meal in peace. However, with social distancing guidelines, breakout spaces will change.
More space between seating, pods and separators are just a few ways to ensure your staff can socially distance while they relax.
However, it’s important to balance this with socialising, as your staff must still be able to build relationships in the workplace.
To find the perfect balance for your breakout areas, work with a professional Sydney office fit-out company.
Increase Remote Working
A crucial part of creating a socially distanced office is ideally reducing the number of staff in the office at any one time.
One way to do this is by increasing the number of employees who work remotely.
We’ve seen a huge number of staff working from home over the past few months. In fact, the figure is over 50% of all office workers.
Moreover, many organisations are realising that this shift actually hasn’t negatively impacted their operations.
In fact, many workers are actually more productive at home.
Rotating staff through the office is one way to do it. Perhaps they can spend two or three days offsite. This also saves you money when it comes to an office fit-out.
However, if you go with this approach, regular Sydney commercial cleaning is a must. This will eliminate the risk of germ spread through shared desks.
Overall, balancing staff numbers in and out of the office is a great way to ensure that you can maintain social distancing in the workplace.
To discuss creating the perfect socially distanced office for your business, get in touch with Niche Projects here.