Q: What are Meadows customers discussing as they evaluate a path to return to work?
For existing workstations, redesign of space, or new construction, we have the same recommendations.
While there is no real scientific data around how partitions significantly impact the transmission of illness, we feel it is a logical conclusion that adding screens and physical distance are at least part of the solution. Companies should evaluate adding protective screens to the primary worksurface, in front of and to the sides of each user.
We also advise that all desking, not iust sit/stand desking, should observe the social/physical distancing guidelines as best as possible. Alternating desk usage on a day by day basis, and limiting who is coming to the office on a given day may be the only way to manage this in the early days of our return.
Another consideration is to modify the direction employees face while working at their desks. New worksurfaces shapes are being developed to support this conversation.