To Open the Office or Not to Open the Office

Posted: June 26, 2020   Category: Design Center

Businesses are starting to reopen as we continue to overcome this pandemic, however, some workplaces are choosing to stay closed. Are you having trouble deciding if you should reopen or not? This decision can be overwhelming. Here is some information that can help you choose between the two options by  The Office Shop team.

Option #1: Reopen your office safely

It’s exciting to get back to work and mingle with employees or co-workers once again. However, businesses  need to take necessary precautions in the workplace to keep everyone safe. We can help you adjust and reboot your office space which will give you the following advantages:

  • A safe workplace during and post-pandemic

  • Let your employees know that you care about their wellbeing
  • Uplift everyone’s mood with our new design and colour scheme

Your business needs to follow the six-feet physical distancing protocol in order to reopen. Based on that, we can analyze and design your space depending on your needs. If your office is not spacious, we can insert lateral and vertical dividers between workstations and walking spaces to instill physical distancing. You can also choose to split your employees into two groups and have an alternate schedule. This will provide you with a more spacious office and encourage everyone to follow physical distancing protocols.

We urge you to make it mandatory for your employees to wear masks and gloves when they enter the office and you should also check their temperature upon arrivals. We sell everything you need to keep your office space safe. Checkout our thermometers, masks, face shields and glass dividers for your office under the Products tab on our website. Our design and products will also serve as a reminder for your employees to maintain a safe distance.

Make sanitary products available near all workstations, doorknobs, outlets, light switches, and anything people touch. If your budget allows, switch from doorknobs and light switches to sensors to decrease touchpoints. You should also make sure that your employees avoid sharing workstations by making sure they have  all the necessary supplies available in their individual space.

Option #2: Let your employees work from home

Everyone deserves to have a workspace separate from their home life even if you work from home. Encourage your employees to create an office space at home so they can focus on their work without distractions. Working in an office-like space will make them feel like they are still part of the team, which enables them to be more productive despite at-home challenges. Our ergonomic furniture and design will also be a beneficial addition to their increased productivity.

Your employees can look for an unused part of their home and turn it into their office space. The best-case scenario is to have a spare room in your home, however, don’t be concerned if you don’t have that. Our team at The Office Shop can help you turn any space into your workstation at home. You can pick a part of your bedroom or any other space as your home office, just make sure this space is limited to office work.

Encourage your employees to treat their home office like they would treat their workplace office. Inspire them  to use good natural lighting, keep it clean and organized, and to take active breaks. It is also a good idea for your employees to have a routine. Our team of professionals can help design your home office using 3D drawings and renders so you can visualize your office space. Our drawings are helpful for all spaces regardless of how much space is available.

Call us today to schedule a consultation on how we can help you get through this and come up with the best solution for your business.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP

The Office Shop continues to stay open as we have been recognized as an Essential Workplace and we are committed to supply essential businesses within Ontario with the upmost professionalism, excellence and safety. Our Sales support team and Office design team are here for you! It’s amazing what we can accomplish when we’re in together. Take care of yourselves and each other!

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