Cultivating a safe workspace
Signage in a variety of different formats will be key when it comes to optimising office space for post-lockdown life. This will include directional signage and floor stickers controlling the flow of people into buildings and through communal areas. Signage must also be put in place to communicate the maximum capacity of people allowed in lifts and to request they use the stairs where possible.
Communal areas such as meeting rooms, conference rooms, kitchens and bathrooms will also require signage to control the number of people using each area at the same time as well as notices reflecting increased cleaning rotas.
Most importantly, workers will need to be reminded at every opportunity to practice social distancing, wash their hands, use hand sanitiser, and wear face masks where necessary. This can be achieved with strategically placed notices and floor stickers marking where it is safe to sit and stand.
Posters and updated staff handbooks can also be issued to reflect new and temporary workplace policies relating to the pandemic. Staff who are anxious about returning to work can be reassured with signage explaining the risk assessments that have taken place and the measures implemented to make the office safe.