Office space makeover post-COVID19: 7 big changes coming at workplaces


The COVID-19 lockdown is the most unusual time that any of us has ever seen in our lifetime. With all offices closed and only the most essential services open, most companies have seen challenging times – both in terms of maintaining profitability and managing productivity when working remotely.

With the ease in lockdown, a few sectors have been allowed to open offices in the green zones (marked safe from the Coronavirus infection). This relaxation comes with a number of regulations that have to be maintained by the employers, as only a minimal (30%-40%) staff is allowed at workplaces and strict sanitisation regimes have to be maintained. Also, all firms have to adhere to social distancing between the workforce.

We checked with various employers on how they are preparing or modifying their workspaces. Here are the seven big changes coming at office premises:


1. Aarogya Setu App mandated for all


The central government is actively promoting the use of NIC-created Aarogya Setu App, and most employers too are/will seek the employees’ (health) status on the app. This app takes self-authorisation from its users about their health status and possible signs of COVID-19 remotely. Most employers are asking their employees to send screenshots of this app’s screening of the individuals before allowing them to come of office premises.

2. Temperature checks at entry point

All workplaces will screen employees on the entry points for body temperatures. Hence be prepared to get yourself mandatorily checked up at the gates.

3. Complete sanitisation

From laptops bags to handbags, all your belongings could possibly go under the ‘sanitisation tunnels’ where a spray of sanitisers will clean them when you enter the office premises. Many workplaces are also using the housekeeping staff to do this for their employees.


4. No cafeterias services


Yes, you read it right. Most employees will see empty shelves in the cafeteria. The tea and coffee machines could also rendered be non-functional since these are very active touch points at all workplaces.

5. Restriction in campus movement

Employers are strictly considering limiting the employee movement to their respective seats only. The on and off trips to meeting rooms will become a strict ‘no’ because employees moving from one point to another will only create more concerns ion terms of sanitisation.

6. Wearing masks will become compulsory

Employees won’t be allowed in the office without a mask. Many employers said that they would consider gifting masks to their employees, to make it easier for the employees.

7. Carrying sanitisers

Employers will have to provide sanitisers at various touch points. Also, all employees will be asked to carry sanitisers with them, always.



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