HealthDay Reports: As Americans Return to Work, How Will COVID Change the Workplace?
From no more open floor plans to added Plexiglass barriers and floor markings, see how experts say the office of the future might look.
TUESDAY, May 19, 2020 (HealthDay News) --White-collar employees heading back to the office after months of sheltering at home are likely to find a drastically changed workplace in the wake of COVID-19, experts say.
Until now, offices have been designed primarily around business needs, with some nods toward fire safety, said Nellie Brown, director of workplace health and safety programs at Cornell University's School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Going forward, companies also will have to design workspaces and employee schedules with an eye toward reducing disease transmission.
"We've not tended to look at our spaces that way before," Brown said. "That's a very different point of view than we've used historically."