The effects of the coronavirus have changed A LOT of things. From stay-at-home orders to education being taught virtually, we can bet things will never be the same. So what about office life? These five things listed below are potential things you’ll never see at your office again after coronavirus.
- Crowded elevators – Offices will most likely start incorporating strict elevator rules in the wake of COVID-19. To keep up with social distancing, only a few people will be allowed on an elevator at a time. And that crowd of people huddled in the elevator waiting area at rush hour will likely evolve into a more organized, adequately spaced outline. This change will have its pros and cons post-coronavirus—you won’t have someone breathing down your neck in the elevator, but you’ll also spend more time getting to and from work each day. And to see how public entertainment spaces will change after coronavirus, check out the 5 Things You’ll Never See at Movie Theaters Again After Coronavirus.
- Communal coffee stations – Kitchens and coffee-break rooms are breeding grounds for germs and worker-interaction. Even if the coffee pot stays, it’s unlikely you’ll be able to pour it yourself or use your regular communal mugs, milk, or cutlery. WeWork, a global shared workspace company, issued a report on their post-coronavirus office plan, which will incorporate disposable, single-use cups, cutlery, and milk. However, it’s likely this solution will become too costly and companies will opt to just end the operations of communal coffee stations.
- Water coolers – Your plan to exchange office gossip with your favorite coworker at the water cooler when you return to work probably won’t come to fruition post-pandemic. As Artesian, a bottle-less water solutions company explains, “traditional bottled water coolers utilize an open system, allowing bacteria to enter the water while sitting stagnant in the holding tank.” So, unless your company already has a bottle-less water system or is willing to shell out the money to upgrade to one, it’s likely you won’t see a water cooler in your office when you come back.
- Open spaces – If you’re used to working in an open-office layout, you should probably expect some changes once you return to work. Cubicles will almost certainly make comeback, but even if your office doesn’t go that far, you will probably have barriers created around your individual work area. This will help minimize direct employee contact, as well as spreadable droplets being passed around from sneezing or coughing. And for all the places you should steer clear of even after emerging from quarantine, check out the 14 Places You Should Still Avoid When Lockdown Ends.
- Small conference rooms – While large conference rooms may have the opportunity to stay open—assuming it’s possible for employees to keep their distance from each other—smaller meeting rooms will be eliminated to avoid close contact with others in a confined area. Cushman & Wakefield, a real estate company that helped workers in China with the transition back to work, urged companies to “prohibit shared use of small rooms by groups and convert to single-occupant use only.” Not only that, but they also advised companies to get rid of shared supplies, like whiteboard pens and erasers.
Source: Best of Online