Office buildings, strip malls, indoor malls, light warehouses, and other commercial facilities have been closed for the past two months and more as a result of city COVID-19 stay-at-home and shelter-in-place orders. Non-essential employees for the most part have been working remotely up to now, with many gearing up to return to work as state and city restrictions are lifted throughout the country.
Some employees will continue to work remotely for the time being, particularly in the professional employment space, while retailers will require in-person staff as Americans shift from e-commerce purchases and curbside pickup to venturing into stores once again.
Survey Says U.S. Companies Making Workplace Adjustments
According to a recent survey of employers by Willis Towers Watson (WTW), businesses “are making a series of workplace adjustments as they prepare to operate in a post-COVID-19 environment.” These changes include touchless payment systems, offering services via video rather than in person, creating more space on assembly lines or in distribution centers, and changing work schedules to limit employee contact.
“Physically, many workplaces will look different as companies seek to create safe working environments for their employees. And we expect to see some companies accelerate their use of automation and use it in different ways, such as a substitution for repetitive or dangerous tasks,” said the global head of Work and Rewards and WTW.
Safety Guidelines for Commercial Buildings Available
Preparing commercial buildings for the safe return of tenants, visitors, vendors, building personnel and others should begin now if it hasn’t already. Distinguished has provided guidelines you can use as you plan your own return to the office. You can also share these guidelines with clients. The guidelines include safety procedures, protocols and best practices to consider and implement in a post-COVID-19 world.