Offices May Never Be The Same
Crowded cubicle spaces may be a thing of the past. And you might be getting a temperature check when you enter the building. If you go back to the office at all.
As we've quickly realized, social distancing is not something that applies in just a few places. We've seen tape on the floor in some stores to remind us to stay at least six feet away from other shoppers, and there are signs up everywhere encouraging us to wash hands, wipe down equipment, and cough into our elbows if the need arises.
Movie theaters, concert venues, and gyms have their work cut out for them to create healthy spaces for all of us, and we can add offices to that list two. Workspaces may never look the same again.
ABC News predicts office desks will be moving at least six feet apart if they're not already socially distanced. This could be a great thing if you're not a fan of pen tapping noises and gum-smacking from co-workers. The further away the better. And maybe the speakerphone conversations will be a little harder to hear too.
Some employers are planning to do temperature checks on workers that come into the office, and for some companies, not every worker will be invited back. Rather than increase risks by having a crowded office, thousands of workers who just started working at home may be staying there. Fewer bodies in the office make social distancing easier.
The most important people in the office now may be the janitorial staff. They might be using new disinfectant technologies like UV light, ionization, and nano-touch coatings, to neutralize germs on contact, according to ABC.
The whole world will be a little different once things open up, but at least we'll be back. And that is good news.