Planning your safe return to the office (5 tips in 2020)

As the summer and the seasonal vacations are coming to an end, company leaders are considering how to restart their business operations and safely return to the physical workplace in the new normal caused by COVID-19.

In a recent survey of 100 executives, respondents expect most of their employees to be working on-site by December. Here’re five essential tips to help you navigate this process and ensure the maximum safety of your teams in the new normal.

shared spaces at Capus X office spaces

1. Secure fresh airflow

“Ventilation is an important factor in preventing the virus that causes COVID-19 from spreading indoors, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

Experts Recommend

The experts stress the importance of allowing more fresh air in the office buildings for limiting the spread of the virus.

What you can do? Consider opening doors and windows regularly if possible and safe to do so. Another major recommendation is to ensure that ventilation systems in your facility operate properly and are carefully maintained. 

What we did at Campus X

Back in July, we have successfully implemented various large-scale measures, including the massive reconstruction of our HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system. This allows the flow of even more fresh air across our premises. All air-conditioning systems at Campus X (chillers, HVAC-systems, etc.) are undergoing regular and thorough antimicrobial disinfection.

2. Improve air quality

“UVC light can be highly effective against airborne coronaviruses, including COVID-19,” concludes new research at Columbia University.

The safe form of ultraviolet light killed over 99.9% of the exposed viruses during the research.

Experts Recommend

Since the novel coronavirus is believed to be able to travel via respiratory droplets, local and global health authorities recommend the use of electronic devices to disinfect the air such as safe UVC lamps and air purifiers.

What we did at Campus X

In July, we have introduced premium UVC lamps that are highly effective in breaking down the DNA of micro-organisms and cleaning the air from viruses, bacteria, allergens, mold, and mites.

Moreover, we have employed a leading air purification technology, which uses a safe and short electrical discharge to eliminate viruses. The high-class air purifiers and UVC lamps are placed across our meeting rooms, offices, and shared spaces. They work 24/7 and safely disinfect the air.

UVC lamps in kitches at Campus X coworking

3. Disinfect regularly

”Regular cleaning plays a vital role in limiting the transmission of COVID-19,” state the global and local health authorities.

Experts Recommend

To increase the frequency of cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, especially frequently touched ones like door handles, light switches, work surfaces, remote controls, and electronic devices. Also, one of the main protective measures is the regular hand washing and disinfection.

What you can do? Encourage your employees to regularly clean their desks and personal belongings with alcohol-based disinfectants. Inform them about the importance of frequent hand washing and impeccable hygiene at the workplace and beyond.

What we did at Campus X

We perform daily meticulous cleaning and disinfection with increased frequency and focus on high-touch areas. This includes private and shared offices (except for personal desks for privacy reasons), meeting rooms, kitchens and common areas, floors, high-touch areas, and many more. All packages that are received at the Campus X reception are also being disinfected before we contact receivers for pick-up.

private office space for rent at Campus X

4. Encourage social distancing

“COVID-19 can spread through coughing, sneezing, and close contact. By minimizing the amount of close contact, we have with others, we reduce our chances of catching the virus and spreading it to our loved ones and within our community,” say the health authorities.

Experts Recommend