Considerations For Wellness As We Return To Our Workplaces
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The team at Corporate Concepts has been working diligently to understand the impact of COVID-19 on the workplace of both tomorrow and the future. Given the depth and complexity of this situation’s effect on public health, the economy, and how / where we work, it is now abundantly clear none of us will be walking back into the same office we left. Without being reactionary, we have taken the time to curate resources, ideas, and tools to help our clients and partners explore options they have to support what is next for their individual organizations.
Strategies for Transitioning the Workplace
Consider spacious layouts or stagger users to maintain 6-foot distances. By creating a schedule for workers to alternate shifts in the office, employers can avoid having everyone in the office at once.
Specify furniture solutions such as screens, panels and dividers to create physical barriers where space doesn’t allow social distancing. Storage units and movable markerboards can also help delineate space.
Implementation of daily cleaning and sterilization protocols makes employees feel safe and comfortable in their work environment. Access to ample cleaning tools and sanitizing stations encourages everyone to do their part.
Seamless, reliable remote working encourages minimized in-person meetings and travel, as well as optimal communication to keep teams informed. Other technology considerations include no-touch tools and sensors for hands-free operation.
Promote Hygienic Measures
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Create Enclosures or Delineate Space
The impact of COVID-19 has the design industry rethinking office environments. Although this global pandemic will have lasting effects, below are some immediate solutions to consider as your workforce returns to the office.
Workstation Enclosure and
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Knoll’s variety of product solutions can help create a workplace that ensures your employees feel safe and remain healthy at work.
Space delineation can add visual and acoustic privacy, as well as provide additional tackable and writable workspace.
Height-Adjustable Tables w/Technology Spine
Tables can be positioned at any orientation anywhere along the spine. Add screens, panels or storage for increased separation.
Can open for team work, or can easily be surrounded by screens or floorstanding panels as individual desks or groups of desks.
Offering fundamental delineation, easily adapt to changing workstyles, and support the needs of an evolving workplace.
Vertical space delineation can add privacy along a corridor, add separation between teams, or enclose individual workspaces.
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DIRTT's Smart Solutions for Resilient Office Environments
Explore how DIRTT’s technology driven pre-fabricated construction solutions can provide varying levels of space separation depending on companies' and their employees' unique needs. With extensive experience integrating projects in healthcare environments, DIRTT finishes are durable, easily cleanable, and fully customizable. Industry leadtimes of 3-4 weeks and quick / clean onsite installations completed with a small crew of trained technicians make DIRTT a smart solution for your construction project.
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Considerations for adding privacy and separation remains a deeply individual choice often depending on existing product mix, density, and employee behaviors.
Below we explore enhancements and new solutions that have been developed to address client driven requests or concerns as they ready their spaces for a return to the workplace.
Additional Product & Solutions
3Form Varia Desk Wrap Partition
Our easy to clean partitions integrate seamlessly into existing office layouts to divide personal workspaces. Enhance safety without compromising design.
The new TherMobile product was actually modified for Clarus’ own internal need because they require all employees have their temperature taken before entering the facility. They realized it could be a safety feature for many applications. It’s obvious how advantageous glass is at a time like this, given that it’s non-porous and anti-microbial and easily cleanable as documented in the attached case study.
Symmetry Protective Panels
Several heights and widths are standard and custom sizes can be done. You can also use these panels on receptions stations and desks.
Global Wellness Screens
Provide your employees and customers with a protective barrier to help prevent the spread of germs. These screens are designed to integrate into reception, open plan offices and point of sale areas.
Planning for Shared Spaces
Reevaluate Refuge areas used as small getaways for 1–2 people, as these are typically high-turnover spaces.
To allow for proper distancing, Enclaves for meetings of 2–4 may now require more square footage.
Enclosed Team Meetings spaces of 4–8 people can be reconceived as dedicated team rooms, specific to one set of users.
Typically for groups of ten or more people, larger meetings will require
larger spaces, and creative ways to allow for personal space.
Planning for Shared Spaces
Don’t Know Where to Start?
Our team is committed to a non-prescriptive approach to helping our clients and partners develop thoughtful solutions to address both short and long-term concerns within their work environment.
Beyond enhancements to the physical space, our team can offer resources to leverage technology giving you a better understanding of space usage and utilization. By providing a platform to crowdsource data from your employee base, you will receive authentic information regarding their needs and readiness for returning to the workplace safely. As the workplace moves forward, our team is ready and willing to help in any way we can! Reach out to your sales representative for more information or start the conversation below to get in touch with us.
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Knoll Rockwell Lockers
Give Employees the security of knowing that their belongings can be safely stored in a personal locker at the end of the day. By allowing them to store things, they remain untouched or shared by other coworkers which decreases the spread of germs.
3form Divy Mobile Markerboard
3Form’s Divy Mobile Markerboard offers functionality as well as division of space. This piece is a magnetic markerboard and acoustic partition in a single, lightweight, movable package.
This innovative storage and shelf system provides a variety of opportunities. In transitioning the workplace, these dividers could make for obvious delineation of space, while adding a design feature to the space.
Knoll Rockwell Unscripted Telly Screens
Cover Knoll’s Telly Screen in cleanable fabrics and use them to divide space and offer a branding moment with a pop of color. These screens offer division of space without completely blocking the visual buzz that keeps things energetic.
Not only is this product Indoor Air Quality Certified to SCS-EC10.3-2014 v4.0, it can be used to bring the outdoors in for optimal employee wellness or as storage for cleaning supplies.
Spacestor Palisades II
Spacestor offers another highly functional opportunity to create space within a space with their Palisades II line of product. Click to explore configuration possibilities.
Centro screens offer versatility with the option of modesty or privacy applications. The easy to install mounting brackets leave space between the screen and worksurface, allowing effortless cable organization to hide clutter.
Hand Sanitizing Station Stand
Making hand sanitizer accessible to everyone, everywhere promotes personal hygiene. These highly visible stands / stations encourage employees to clean before and after use of shared spaces.
Full height separation with glass front panel
Full height separation between users
DIRTT wall assemblies span floor to ceiling and can seamlessly connect to existing ceiling conditions whether it’s a grid or drywall ceiling
DIRTT tiles are available in thermofoil finish which is a 3-D laminate used extensively in both corporate and healthcare settings. This material is non-porus and highly durable.
DIRTT wall assemblies are completely customizable and a glass clerestory can be added to allow natural light to pass through an enclosed office area
Floor to ceiling glass assembly separating the desk area from corridor
Frameless glass door creating a true private office enclosure, this door type is made of clear tempered glass and is an easily cleanable surface.
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Stay safe and healthy in today’s collaborative workplace with Knoll Islands tables. Adaptable with endless possibilities for arrangement in open spaces and private offices.
Isomi Wellness Screens
Produced in solid surface, the Wellness Screen collection sits effortlessly in any contemporary setting. Engineered with a weighted base and minimal framing, the screens offer a design-led, timeless aesthetic for a functional piece.
In compliance with The CDC and OSHA Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19 protocol. Zintra desk screens are easy to retrofit for physical distancing measures, adding flexible barriers throughout office spaces.
Humanscale Universal Privacy Panels
Offering the perfect balance of visual and acoustical privacy in collaborative open-office desking applications. Designed to accommodate a wide variety of environments, Humanscale’s Universal Privacy Panels are customizable, easy to install, and are highly durable over the course of time.
With the goal of helping clients comfortably and safely navigate the workplace while practicing basic infection prevention measures, signage packages are a powerful tool when returning to the workplace. Communication is key! Click to contact us for more information.
Use the Vitra Toolbox to house hand sanitizer, cleaning wipes, and masks for easy access in addition to basic desk tools. Vitra’s Dancing Walls are also a great solution. It’s not only a movable wall/screen to use throughout the office to create safe separation, but you can also use the monitor version to help address our increased need for videoconferencing tools.
Senator has released a breadth of solutions, in addition to existing product, to define your space when returning to the office. Pods, sanitizing stations, screens and caddies of all shapes, sizes and colors can be found within the document linked here!
OFS PET Worksurface Edge Modesty
OFS has a variety of screen options for creating separation within the workplace. Given their robust line healthcare of product, their solutions for the workplace are inherently fit for cleanability and health safety.