How to Keep the Office Space Safe in the New Year

Without a doubt, the year 2020 came with a set of unprecedented challenges. Perhaps the biggest hit to the business sector — and just about everywhere else — would be the rise of the COVID-19 pandemic. In 2021, plenty of steps are being made to ensure that everyone feels safe and takes the necessary precautions to get the job done.

One such method involves working from home, though many offices are starting back up as more safety protocols are being implemented. It can be somewhat confusing to try to figure out how best to prioritise safety for the business, but it does not have to be such a confusing prospect. Here are some ways to keep the office space safe in the new year!

On the topic of windows and safety

It may not seem like it, but the choice of windows is vital to the general safety of you and your staff within the office space. Keep in mind that with the pandemic ongoing, it is often a better idea to let the air circulate through natural ventilation than to go with forced air conditioning. That said, things can easily get stuffy without proper window placement. The use of electric window openers and window controls in hard to reach places can help keep things convenient, as it can be opened and closed at the press of a button.

Proper use of windows is also necessary due to another worst-case scenario — a building fire. Keep in mind that smoke inhalation is an ever-present threat during such a situation, and having the right type of natural ventilation can help provide a safety net in the event of a fire.

Following social distancing and safety protocols

For the moment, the best thing to do would be to implement all of the necessary safety protocols to ensure that everyone is as safe as they can possibly be. For example, the use of Infrared Fever Scan Systems (IFSS) is excellent, though it is not enough to promote wellness and security within the office. It is also crucial to have social distancing methods in place, as well as having everyone wear a face mask within the premises. 

While it might cause some discomfort depending on the circumstances, safety is always well worth the price of admission.

Keep things ordered and organised

Last but certainly not least, if you intend to keep stress levels down within the office space, the best thing to do would be to make it as conducive to productivity as possible. Removing potential distractions and keeping the office organised is a great way to keep your staff focused on the task at hand. As an added bonus, the use of house plants could also breathe a bit of life into the workplace.

While it can be somewhat nerve-wracking to go back to the office after the intense and lockdown-ridden 2021, adjusting to the new normal does not have to be such a challenge. With a bit of patience and diligence, it is possible to promote an even better office space than before the pandemic.