While every office is different, there are important guidelines every workplace should follow when it comes to furnishing options for COVID-19 safety, and beyond. Rearranging the layout of the space to fit a new workflow is a challenging but necessary bit of redesign for your company environment if you really care about your employees during these challenges. It’s more than just segmenting departments, or having Cohort working groups on alternate days, these strategies just make it easier to trace an outbreak but do little to keep it from spreading in your office in the first place. Nor do they achieve your goal of really being able to function with your whole team efficiently, together in the same physical space. Key concepts such as collaborative furniture and teaming areas’ must be rethought to balance your need for face-to-face interaction, with everyone’s need for safety. This can be achieved with a good understanding of how to use hygienically enhancing, virus resistant products that make returning to the office easier, more efficient and most of all, safe. It’s important not only to implement the right products but to install and use them correctly in the new workflow design of your office. With that said, we’ve put together a guide to the 5 key office products that we believe will promote the safest return to office during COVID-19.
- Body Temperature and Facial Recognition Scanner
When you are ready to return back to the office with your employees, the first thing you must do is ensure that everyone entering the building is in good health, not showing any signs of COVID-19, and wearing a mask. But how do you accurately keep track of every single person that enters the building? And how can you quickly and easily identify if they are healthy enough to work among others? This is where the OneScreen GoSafe comes in.
OneScreen GoSafe is a body temperature and facial recognition scanner available in three different models: Wall Mount, Table Top and Vertical Stand to suit every preference. Using AI technology, this device can scan your temperature in less than a second and has an accuracy of +/- 0.9 degrees! This product also has the storage capacity to recognize up to 30,000 faces, with or without a mask. If the scanner fails to recognize someone or gives a high temperature reading, you will be alerted immediately and can communicate through the device with the person in question.
- Copper Mesh Chairs are Anti-Viral, Anti-Fungal and Anti-Odor
Whether your office design is unstructured, open and free-flowing, traditional, or anything in between, you’re going to need plenty of chairs. The right chairs have an immediate and substantial impact on employee comfort and wellness – and therefore productivity. These days, ergonomic chairs offer the best solution, providing proper back and neck support through long workdays. In general, you should opt for office chairs that are well-made, easy to clean, match the design aesthetic, and made with durable material.
Speaking of durable material, BE Furniture now has Copper Mesh Seating available. The copper-infused material used in this seating collection has self-sanitizing properties, kills harmful microorganisms linked to viruses and is bleach washable for easy cleanup.
- Safety Screens for Collaborative Furniture
Today’s organizations thrive on collaboration, especially if you are in a creative sector. Collaborative spaces can be any size or shape and can be combined use areas – for example, employees can hold informal meetings, brainstorming sessions, formal client meetings, or use the space as a lunch area – it’s all up to you. Although the Coronavirus has made the original idea of collaborating a bit trickier, it’s still possible to use collaborative furniture in your space with a few safety adjustments.
Altitude A8 by Allsteel is a safety screen made of durable, easy-to-clean fabric intended to give you privacy, while still allowing efficient collaboration with colleagues. This screen can be mounted to the existing work surface and come in wrap around, straight or 90 degree turns, depending on personal preference.
Counter Shields by Loftwall are clear, acrylic screens that come especially useful in high traffic areas where collaboration is common. These shields are ideal for spaces that require less privacy in the office.
- HEPA Filtered Dyson Air Purifiers for Communal Workspaces
If you host more formal meetings, board meetings or presentations, or the number of staff in your office fluctuates with flexible work hours, then you most likely have a communal workspace. Despite how diversely beneficial communal workspaces are, these high-traffic areas could be a breeding ground for harmful viruses like COVID-19. An easy solution to this is air sanitization. Air purifiers with HEPA filters are very efficient in sanitizing the air in large, open spaces.
Dyson Pure Hot + Cool automatically captures airborne particles and pollutants, while providing fresh air to a large space (up to 400 sq ft). This unit has the option to be used as a heater or a cooling solution and offers 360 oscillation, night-time mode, and easy remote activation.
- Architectural Walls for Non-Permanent Separation
With COVID-19 still among us, it’s important to maintain an appropriate distance from others when possible in order to avoid potential exposure. In a communal workplace with collaborative furniture, maintaining distance could be difficult without completely changing the layout of the office. However, it is possible to create appropriate distancing by adding non-permanent structures to the current layout.
Architectural Walls are modular glass walls that can be used in place of typical panel stations. More flexible to use than traditional drywall, architectural products are reconfigurable and non-destructive to your pre-existing floor plan. Easily cleanable, they can be used to create private offices, conference rooms and individual work areas.
Have our Team Review Your Office For Safety and Workflow
As specialists in contemporary office furniture, BE Furniture can assist you with every phase of your project, from design concept through to remodeling and furnishing your space. Whether you are looking for an ergonomic solution to support your staff or protective furnishings to make your space compliant with COVID-19 safety, we can assist you.
To find out more about the COVID-compliant office products listed, or to view more contemporary office interiors, please contact BE Furniture today.