As companies everywhere prepare to bring back their workforce to the workplace, the way we collaborate and engage with each other demands a new approach. A definitive shift in the way we utilise and manage the MeetSPACE - the place where people come together to achieve great things. As your trusted guide Staples will walk you through the new MeetSPACE recommendations.
While juggling meeting minutes, high-priority emails and an internal discussion about what to have for lunch, the unthinkable happens - someone sneezes. Where a simple ‘bless you’ would have sufficed before, many people will now raise their eye brows and be concerned. It is not a strange response, the World Health Organisation (WHO) states that most of the droplets released into the room when someone coughs or sneezes land on nearby surfaces and if you stand within one metre of a person they can land on you, increasing your chances of infection. However, with the right measures in place, the risk of infection should already be mitigated and employees and customers can continue their endeavors safely. Thus, that virus, or simply hay fever, won’t get anywhere near you in a re-worked meeting space where distance and hygiene come first.
Outside of the formal MeetSPACE, there is also a wealth of other communal spaces that mustn’t go unnoticed, such as when leaving the conference room, walking through the hallway, holding the stairail, traveling in the lift or waiting at reception for a colleague to join you. A considerate approach to daily movements through the MeetSPACE can have a significant effect.
Research suggests that hands account for 80% of the spread of micro-organisms, therefore anything you are used to using your hands to do, like opening doors and pressing lift buttons are a real concern in the new normal. Where possible, think about keeping doors open, although for any fire doors consider ensure free-standing touch free hand sanitisers are available near each door. Specific door openers and clean keys also can provide a solution. Clean keys even serve multiple goals, including pressing lift buttons or selecting your favourite coffee from the coffee machine.