A friendly working environment is as much about the people as it is about the setting and design. With offices having to adapt and make changes out of their comfort zone, the space needs to remain approachable and friendly.
General instruction for social distancing is to keep at least 2 metres away and add partitions where possible to add the extra level of protection. There is a concern that adding screen can shut off the office making the space feel small and uninviting, though this is not as important as keeping staff safe and happy.
You might notice that screening has become a big investment for a lot of businesses, so not only will it serve a purpose for COVID-19, it could well stand for many more years. Screening solutions have been popular in large open spaces, and the battle continues between partitioned and open plan offices. However, the decision has been made, and partitioned offices are the need for the moment and could be for the near future.
Acrylic and Perspex screens have been one of the most popular choices when it comes to adapting an office space. Clear acrylic can be used for freestanding and desktop solutions, and the material can easily be cleaned and sanitised. Clear Perspex screening feels welcoming as whilst the office is divided, the clear finish allows natural light to flood through the space. In addition, it’s easier to converse with colleagues and potential visitors.
The COVID-19 virus can be passed from one person to the next, so it’s imperative that desks and sectioned areas are kept as clean as possible. Anti-bacterial screens are another fantastic way to divide the office with a fun flare. With bright, bold and outstanding colour options, the splash of colour makes you feel warm and really lightens the environment.
In terms of positioning office screens, they need to be placed in a way that creates the distance, makes secure working spaces and if they can look great at the same time, this is an added bonus. So, when it comes to making those important office changes, it’s important to keep the safety of your employees as the first thought. But consider the environment and how the screens will add not just comfort but how they’ll make people feel to really embrace a positive work place.