As more workers in the United States become vaccinated, businesses are transitioning employees back to the office. Even with added immunity, workers want to feel protected from potential infection from COVID-19 and future pandemics.
Invest in renovations designed to increase employee comfort and meet new regulations and standards for workplace safety. OSHA issued recommendations to prevent the spread of the virus in work environments. These guidelines include high-efficiency air filters, increased ventilation, physical separation, drive-up service options, and increased hygiene.
At ARC Construction, we help businesses create safe spaces through innovative design solutions. We can help you incorporate smart renovations that add value, improve employee comfort, and meet updated regulations.
Top Design Priorities for Workplace Health Safety
One major impact of COVID-19 on workspaces was an increase in remote work. A recent survey by McKinsey found that companies plan to reduce office space by 30%. Not only must businesses incorporate new health and safety measures, but many will need to move to new spaces or reduce capacity to account for fewer on-site employees.
- Social Distancing
Whether in retail, industrial, or office spaces, employees need additional room for social distancing. Incorporate physical barriers for employees and customers, like partitions, drive-up or walk-up service windows, added office space, larger conference rooms, and redesigned break areas.
- Improved Air Flow and Air Quality
One of the most effective methods to improve workplace health is increased ventilation and air quality. Redesign spaces to add more windows and doors. Install new high-efficiency air filters or HVAC systems.
- Smart Technology and Automation
Create fewer touchpoints at work with automation solutions. Look for the right smart technology options for your specific business functions. Popular choices include keyless entry points, automatic doors, smart lighting, and other touch-free solutions.
- Increase Outdoor Spaces
Data shows the virus is less likely to spread outdoors. Enhance your workspace with outdoor meeting areas and workstations. Give your team options for where they can work. For example, add outdoor checkout areas for retail locations or outdoor conference areas for office or client meetings.
Benefits of Health-Focused Renovations
COVID-19 changed how businesses operate. An investment in renovations to adhere to these changes offers benefits for safety and your reputation.
- Maintain positive public image
Today, public image matters. Promote a desirable company for the consumer. Creating a clean and safe business space helps maintain and improve your image.
- Employee comfort and retention
You want to attract and retain talented employees. In fact, surveys show employees have concerns about returning to work. Make your workspace inviting with intentional design.
- Meet government requirements
Stay on top of new regulations as you update your spaces. We work with you to incorporate new regulations into your design plan.
- Peace of mind
The world feels uncertain, but safety at work doesn’t have to. Build spaces that take the worry out of health and safety so your team can focus on productivity.
ARC Construction Understands Smart Business Solutions
At ARC Construction we’re committed to helping businesses achieve their goals through smart design and renovation. Whether you need to enhance workplace safety, reduce your office space, or redesign your industrial facility, we’re here for you.
Contact us today to discuss your commercial construction needs.