Office Life After Lockdown – TopPropMart
As Government Is Implementing Some New Policies Where Offices Will Start Operating from There Premises by Following Social Distancing and Government Norms.
As We know the labour market rubble of almost two months of pandemic-inspired physical isolation, several orthodoxies have emerged about the way we will work when the restrictions are eventually lifted. The Covid-19 pandemic has raised everyone’s level of awareness about the potential for their surroundings to serve as breeding grounds for communicable viruses or disease.
Its didn’t happened in a history that illustrates many jobs lost in big downturns never reappear, is that India faces entrenched unemployment data released this week by the Mumbai-based think tank Centre for Monitoring Indian Economy shows that unemployment shot up to 23.5% last month from 8.7% in March. In the week ended May 3, it jumped to 27.1%, the highest ever.
Thought some companies are adopting “new normal” where large sections of workers will continue to carry out employment from home.
Nobody can accurately predict how many people will become long-term unemployed. But already evident is that many thousands of businesses in retail, hospitality, transport, manufacturing, financial services, marketing and advertising, to name a few sectors – will never operate profitably again. Many will die. And thousands of people employed by them largely those with no capacity for home work will not possess skills or experience to be employed in the post-pandemic economy.
As per one of our employees who has been working from home for two months:
She says,“You know I’m very fortunate, I’ve a comfortable apartment, I have a desk that I can use as a kind of quasi office and I’m in a safe and loving family environment. And despite all that, to tell you the truth, it’s driving me crazy.
“I miss the human interaction and I find it stressful to be working in close quarters with the people that I love and live with who are also going about their business in different ways.
“The level of flexibility can be helpful and it is a privilege – but I wouldn’t want this to be my permanent work arrangement. No offence to the people I live with.”
The Covid-19 pandemic has raised everyone’s level of awareness about the potential for their surroundings to serve as breeding grounds for communicable viruses or disease. For the office real estate, the good news is that optimally and smartly designed buildings have the potential to decrease the rate of sickness, improve mental functions, outlook, and mood.
Here’s what the new normal for workplaces may look like.
- No employee should be closer than 6 feet from another
- Meetings of 10 people or more cannot be conducted
- Lunch breaks to be staggered to avoid gatherings
- Employees need to work in shifts, with an hour’s gap between shifts
- Use of staircases to be encouraged. In case of lifts, no more than 2-4 people should be allowed at a time
- No “non-essential” visitors allowed in offices
- For staff dependent on public transport, vehicles will need to be arranged by companies. These will be allowed to work with 30-40% passenger capacity.
HEALTH & HYGIENE
- Masks must for all employees
- Adequate hand sanitizers to be available
- Thermal screening mandatory for all staff
- All workplaces to keep a list of Covid hospitals nearby
- Use of Arogya Setu app to be encouraged
To put this in forth of the tenants, a great way is to document a building’s health status by meeting an agreed-upon industry standard. A performance-based system can be implemented for measuring, certifying, and monitoring building features that impact human health and well-being.
A guideline like this will give building users more confidence in terms of the interior environment.
SHORT TERM SOLUTIONS INCLUDES
- Revise and rethink on the meeting spaces
- Implementing building-wide cleaning protocols
- Updating and displaying of safety measures regularly
- Focusing on In-door air quality
LONG TERM SOLUTIONS INCLUDES
- Rethinking of the floor plan and de-densifying the offices
- Making the office spaces greener by implementing biophilic design elements
- Adding outdoor spaces can provide work areas with fresh air and can allow for social distancing
- Redesign air-filtration systems and bring more fresh air into spaces
CREATING AND ADHERING TO GUIDELINES
In a bid to break the pandemic chain and to carry out the operations seamlessly, certain responsibilities have to be shouldered by the operators as well as the occupiers (tenants), the SOP that some of the big operators are deploying consists of best practices that should be adapted for a smoother re-start:
BUILDING FACILITY LEVEL
- Deep sanitization of the entire building
- Provision of non-contact temperature measurement devices for checking of each person entering the premises
- Mandatory face masks
- Hand-washing and sanitizing facility for incoming vehicles
- Deep cleaning regularly of the air-conditioning systems
- Asking people riding elevators to stand facing the wall
- Keeping an ambulance on standby
TENANTS FACILITY LEVEL
- Adequate disinfectants
- Cold fogging chemicals
- Hand sanitizers
- Face masks
- Hand gloves
- PPE for use in their office
- Installation of Aarogya Setu App by each employee