Equipping Staff to Work from Home
Workplaces are changing. Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that employers have a responsibility to ensure that work environments are ‘Covid-Secure’. This means that it cannot be business as usual for most employees as social distancing becomes the new normal.
The reality is that it is unlikely that all employees can return to work at their usual office desk. To create sufficient room for individuals to operate and move about new working patterns may be introduced. Where working from home has been viable, companies may focus attention on subsidising the set-up of home offices.
Working from home was a new concept for many employees. Some struggled, especially when also home-schooling around the same kitchen table. Others were able to maintain usual levels of productivity and have kept connected through technology. If some members of the team thrived on the flexibility and it can make sense to both parties to continue the home working arrangement.
At Twitter, CEO Jack Dorsey has said that all employees can work from home permanently. This is one of many companies who are now open to the idea of dispersed teams.
If you and your employees are now discussing the option of working from home for several days a week, contact Second User Furniture. We offer a sustainable and affordable means of equipping your home office. Check out our:
- Basic home working packages which includes high-quality office desks and task chairs.
- Executive home office packages with adjustable desk and top brand ergonomic office chairs.
We also supply office storage, lockable filing cabinets, shelving and other used office furniture to ensure you have what you need at hand. All items are pre-owned. Second User Furniture has collected, cleaned and thoroughly checked each item to ensure that it is fully functional and in ‘as-new’ condition.
Dividing an Open Plan Office Layout
For those who need to come into work, a rethink of the interior layout will be essential. Employers will need to allay fears and put the safety of their staff and visitors first. A new set-up is essential, as no manager wants their team to be ringing in sick a week or two after returning to work.
In the past, screens, dividers and acoustic pods were a feature of many open-plan offices. The primary function was to aid the acoustics and create a degree of privacy. These items will now be in great demand. They can now also function as a means of creating physical barriers between employees.
In the Google office in Zurich, ski lift cabins provide a themed way of introducing separate working spaces or meeting rooms within a spacious office.
Second User Furniture offers a selection of second-hand acoustic pods and booths. These are in great condition and could be ordered and collected today. If you prefer, we can arrange delivery to your premises and assistance from our installation team. With a range of sizes and styles, we could help solve some of your social distancing dilemmas, whilst maintaining a stylish office interior.
Increasing Sanitation at Work
Amazon has introduced thermal scanners, which monitor employee’s temperature when they arrive for work. This may become more commonplace, but small measures can also make a big difference when it comes to infection control.
- A table with hand sanitiser at the entrance will encourage people to clean their hands before entering or leaving the workplace.
- New systems should be set up for regular cleaning of communal areas, such as kitchens, water-coolers.
- Signage and floor markings could be used to control the flow of staff and employees within areas of heavy footfall.
If you require low-cost tables, additional office desks, meeting chairs or easy to clean stacking chairs, you can source them all from Second User Furniture.
In protecting our team and customers, our used office furniture showroom is not currently open to the public. You can view some stock online and give us a call on 07944 508282 to place an order. If you need something that is not shown, give us a call – we may have something suitable in stock. Orders can be delivered, or collected from our High Wycombe warehouse.
Our team is a trusted supplier of office furniture in London and the South East. We are registered with the Environment Agency and save thousands of items of office furniture from being needlessly dumped in landfill. This quality used office furniture is built to last, so giving it a second home helps to reduce the impact on your budget and the environment.