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V-Soft's Corporate Headquarters

101 Bullitt Lane, Suite #205
Louisville, KY 40222

502.425.8425
TOLL FREE: 844.425.8425
FAX: 502.412.5869

Denver, Colorado

6400 South Fiddlers Green Circle Suite #1150
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

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Chicago, Illinois

311 South Wacker Dr. Suite #1710, Chicago, IL 60606

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Madison, Wisconsin

8401 Greenway Boulevard Suite #100
Middleton, WI 53562

TOLL FREE: 844.425.8425

Atlanta, Georgia

1255 Peachtree Parkway Suite #4201
Cumming, GA 30041

TOLL FREE: 844.425.8425

Cincinnati, Ohio

Spectrum Office Tower 11260
Chester Road Suite 350
Cincinnati, OH 45246

Phone: 513.771.0050

Raritan, New Jersey

216 Route 206 Suite 22 Hillsborough Raritan, NJ 08844

Phone: 513.771.0050

Toronto, Canada

1 St. Clair Ave W Suite #902, Toronto, Ontario, M4V 1K6

Phone: 416.663.0900

Hyderabad, India

Incor 9, 3rd Floor, Kavuri Hills
Madhapur, Hyderabad – 500033 India

PHONE: 040-48482789

Bangalore, India

GINSERV, CA Site No 1, HAL
3rd Stage Behind Hotel Leela Palace
Kodihalli, Bangalore - 560008 India

Optimizing Your Workplace to the New Normal

Women working at desks in office while wearing masks

After nearly a year of lockdowns, quarantines, and social distancing, people are slowly starting to transition back to their workplaces. Although, the danger of the COVID-19 pandemic is not over yet,  returning to physical workplaces is possible. However, leaders need to remember that they might not operate like they used to.

To ensure employee safety, comfort, and productivity, companies must adjust to the new normal. Let’s dive into what the new normal looks like and how companies will  ensure business continuity in the post-COVID world.

Adopt a Hybrid Workforce Model

Adopting techniques and cultures like a Hybrid Workforce can be very useful for organizations. To keep employees safe and healthy, many companies are adopting Hybrid Workforces which combines remote work with office work. It gives employees the freedom to work wherever, and sometimes even whenever, they want. A Hybrid Workforce model can provide an optimal work-life balance to employees and enhance productivity.

Woman working remotely working from home

Limit Physical Interactions with Social Distancing

In physical workplaces, the risk of COVID transmission is greater. It's important that companies allowing in-office work make sure employees who either have COVID or similar symptoms stay home and work virtually. However, it is vital for organizations to limit interactions between employees and impose social distancing  standards for everyone's safety.

The recruitment and hiring process is one significant area being affected by limited interactions. To overcome these challenges, organizations can:

  • Schedule meetings virtually
  • Discuss work over messages and calls
  • Provide online assessments to candidates
  • Conduct phone or video interviews 
  • Adjust office space to allow 6-feet between individuals
  • Install transparent barriers between close work stations
  • Automate workflows for less human efforts
  • Schedule employees in shifts 

man and woman with mask with screen protector separating them during COVID pandemic

Create Contactless Office Spaces 

Employees aren't the only ones entering your office space. Other staff members that you have less control over, such as custodians, maintenance people and guests have access to common areas like elevators, bathrooms, water coolers, telephones, and more. Organizations should maintain contactless spaces in the new normal. In order to do that, companies can:

  • Use facial recognition technology to identify who and how many people are in a location at once
  • Install motion sensors on commonly touched areas like door handles, elevator buttons, etc.
  • Use AI and IoT applications to enable voice recognition to control lighting and ventilation
  • Regularly disinfect common spaces and objects

Track Employee Health

Monitoring employee health is essential when they return to work. An employee who has COVID or has similar symptoms could infect other employees. It is vital to track employee health regularly. Organizations can:

  • Implement health screening stations to scan for symptoms
  • Use a thermal scanner to track employees temperature
  • Install tracing applications on mobiles phones to identify employee exposure
  • Use ServiceNow applications for employees to report their health status

Conclusion

Companies are steadily accepting the new normal in workplaces but employers need to take further steps and implement technologies to ensure employee safety and productivity. They need to adjust the work structure to sustain during these uncertain times.New call-to-action

Topics: Remote IT Workforce, Remote Workforce, Workplace, Hybrid Teams, return-to-workplace strategy, Back-To-Doing

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