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COVID-19:

The ultimate process, checklist & guide to plan  for a safe return.

This uncertain time presents many challenges.

Union Office Interiors remains committed to offering leadership in workplace thought and research to this evolving situation. Providing our clients with the newest innovative and purposeful solutions fit for now, and the future.

1.

Make Your Space Safe

Assess your current space and plan for space modifications. Orientation matters, a simple reconfiguration of furniture elements can increase space utilization.

  • Redesign or retrofit your space to align with social distancing requirements 

  • Reconfigure furniture to use slightly more square footage to achieve 100% occupancy

  • Add screening solutions to make a quick and immediate impact

2.

Make Your Space Practical 

Create a communication process, review the guidelines and changes with your employees. Share safety procedures and supplies with all employees.

  • Consider bringing your workforce back in phases 

  • Update and add signage for directions, social distancing requirements, hand washing and occupancy

  • Provide personal protective equipment and supplies for all employees

3.

Make Your Space Flexible

The new normal will take time to adjust. Focus on open communication and ensuring the safety and wellbeing of your employees.

  • Implement change and be open to feedback

  • Consider flexible work options

  • Standardize work from home solutions for employees

  • Encourage your employees to stay home when sick and provide testing center information and travel protocols

The Checklist:

Preparing a safe workplace for your employees. A preview of our checklist for a healthier office:

Prepare The Workplace

  • Communicate with landlord to develop occupier action plan

  • Create a plan based on guidance from state and local authorities

  • Consider a staggered approach, encouraging but not forcing employees to return

Manage Access and Flow

  • Communicate with signage and markings

  • Control entry points

  • Manage movement (one-way flow, distancing circles)

  • Provide sanitizer, wipes and PPE to building guests

Create Guidelines

  • Communicate with landlord to develop occupier action plan

  • Create a plan based on guidance from state and local authorities

  • Consider a staggered approach, encouraging but not forcing employees to return

Ensure Social Distancing

  • Reduce density of space

  • Create separation with screen partitions or storage

  • Provide daily employee self-assessment for COVID-19 symptoms 

  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces

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