What a shock the reality of getting back to work after lock down is for all. The “intermediate” or phase 2 position (the position between the end of lock down until a vaccine has been produced and is widely used) will be an environment within which it will be difficult to function; and by no means can be considered as normal. Reoccupying buildings, or not is a now question for most businesses.
For the Stop and Think! team, the real question is what makes reoccupation viable? There are four simple questions to ask:
- Can the functions for which the building was occupied originally, given the restrictions of social distancing, be performed now? If not don’t reoccupy
- If the functions can be performed, but not as efficiently as currently through home working, then don’t occupy
- If the risks to the business of individual contamination are too high to accept, then don’t occupy,
- If the cost or reconfiguring the space is significant, then don’t occupy
In built-up areas, where public transport is significantly used by staff, the complexities and costs of reoccupation during the “intermediate” phase are likely to test the viability of doing so. Because a building was active prior to Covid-19, does not mean that it should automatically reopen as a matter of course; maintaining a heavy reliance on the homeworking “space segment” may be best Of course minimising the cost of running any property that is not reopening is a priority.
Stop and Think! Has the thinking, techniques, tools and systems to aid you in preparing for and managing the working environment in the interim phase and beyond.