10 Considerations for Transitioning Back to Work in a Post-COVID-19 World

By Cindy Coleman, Don Ricker, and Jane Stull

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented new and incredible challenges for millions of workers around the globe. In just a matter of weeks, the workforce at large has quickly and strategically navigated the sudden shift to remote working, while maintaining the symbiotic relationship between business continuity and employee well-being.

1. Rethink density to prioritize physical distancing. 
2. Plan phased scenarios for returning to work.
3. Identify essential workers.
4. Reconfigure flex spaces.
5. Reconsider the use of free address seating areas.
6. Track who sits where.
7. Introduce shift work.
8. Designate isolation rooms.
9. Plan and communicate cleaning regimens.
10. Screen for admittance to the office.

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Commentary points: 

*Variables are space vs. people.  Serious consideration needs to be given to the nature of prioritized workspace. 

*Evaluate how many face-to-face meetings are necessary; certainly some, definitely not all.   

*How are we preparing for the next emergency?

*How are an increasing number of remote workers supported— are files digitized, does your firm have a business service center to serve as a logistical hub?