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How Office Life Might Change When the Economy Reopens

May 7, 2020

These last few months have been anything but normal. Life for most people has ground to a halt. Fortunately, it appears that government responses to COVID-19 are having the desired effect. The spread of the virus has slowed significantly, and hospitals are doing better at keeping up with the new demand. As a result, the world is looking forward to opening back up and resuming life as normal. But will things ever go back to normal? As you go back to your usual routine, you’re likely to see these changes in your office.

Increase in Safety Measures

The rapid spread of COVID-19 highlighted just how dangerous many of our common day practices are. In response you’re likely to see an increase in contamination prevention measures. At a bare minimum, commonly touched services will be cleaned more regularly. Employees will likely be asked to wear protective equipment and participate in other measures to ensure the safety of employees during the first few months. Businesses may begin to use automated infrared temperature checks to determine if employees are unwell.

More Work-From-Home Opportunities

In order to avoid shutting down, many companies began having their employees work remotely. Some companies might decide moving forward that employees working from home can be just as productive as in the office. As such, working from home might become a bigger trend. Not only will this protect employees, but it will also allow businesses to save costs on office space and supplies. Increased time spent at home could result in happier and more productive employees. To avoid employees disconnecting from the company, companies could have their employees spend a few days each week in the office.

Hands-Free Tech

Hands are the major culprits when it comes to spreading disease. An infected person can leave behind infectious bacteria or viruses on any service they touch. The next person that touches this surface can easily be infected as well. To combat this, workplaces are likely to begin to see an increase in hands-free tech.

One of the most commonly touched surfaces is a door. Although it may seem like an expense for companies to switch to automatic doors, it would likely save them money in the long run. Businesses would save money on medical expenses for their employees in addition to the cost of lost productivity when an employee gets ill. Other hands-free tech that would help prevent the spread of disease includes, voice activated elevators, automatic lights, motion sensing faucets and toilets, etc.

Unless we learn our lessons from the present circumstances, history is likely to repeat itself. Sure, we may be able to go a few years without any problems, but we shouldn’t lull ourselves into a false sense of security. Disease has proven to be a very powerful destructive force. It has toppled entire civilizations. We need to stay vigilant in our disease prevention efforts.

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