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Cubicle 2.0: Is the office of the past, the office of the future?

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Cubicle 2.0: Is the office of the past, the office of the future?

The Coronavirus pandemic has made working from home a necessity and widely accepted norm around the world. As the lockdown is being lifted in different countries, we are expected to return to our old ways, but we have to accept the fact that the office will never be the same again. In the past decades, we have embraced open-plan workspaces, designed to encourage colleagues to bump into each other and share ideas. But the very idea of face-to-face interactions is a problem in the post-COVID-19 world. Droplets of spit, mucus, and phlegm that can carry pestilential pathogens will lead to...

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What office designs will look like after Covid-19, according to experts

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What office designs will look like after Covid-19, according to experts

Office set-ups like these were common before Covid-19 but companies will need to rethink their layout from now to ensure social distancing and good ventilation. Photo: David Mark/Pixabay Workplace expert Yuki Kanamori believes that the future of office layout lies in avoiding the 3Cs: Closed spaces, Crowded spaces and Close contact - which is a concept being promoted by the Japanese government. “Generally speaking, the 2m social distancing practice is key to an office layout in the ‘new normal’ environment. Enclosed spaces are really bad for ventilation, so in that sense, an open-plan layout is good. “The new standard includes...

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COVID-19: How an office outbreak in South Korea shows that protecting workers is vital for relaxing lockdown

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COVID-19: How an office outbreak in South Korea shows that protecting workers is vital for relaxing lockdown

Office workers could be at a heightened risk of catching COVID-19. Image: REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji Rapid action in Seoul, South Korea, to contain a COVID-19 outbreak in an office building could have implications on how to relax lockdowns around the world. On 9 March, a whole building in the city was isolated and shut down. Over 1,100 people were tested and more than 16,000 text message warnings were sent. Co-workers are found to be more at risk if they are clustered together, according to a new study. Office workers may be facing a heightened risk of COVID-19 infection, according to a...

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Covid-19: The ways viruses can spread in offices

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Covid-19: The ways viruses can spread in offices

If even a single surface is compromised, a virus can infect the majority of a workplace in a matter of hours. Around the world millions of people have abandoned their offices – their carefully organised desks, the fluorescent lights, the humming photocopier, the gossipy watercooler – as governments mandate that employees work from home. These measures are an attempt to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus; workers are deemed safer isolated in their homes, and getting out of crowded offices can slow the spread of Covid-19. Banning work in centralised offices isn’t just a precaution – offices have been, and...

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Our offices will never be the same after COVID-19. Here’s what they could look like

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Eventually we will have to go back to our offices. But how will work… work? BY MARK WILSON4 MINUTE READ It’s hard to imagine now—as most of us are reading this in quarantine, with our feet propped on Costco boxes of spaghetti noodles—but we will one day have to go back to our offices. COVID-19 won’t be eradicated, and not everyone will be immune. But we’ll still be expected to sit at a desk and work. So how will work…work? That’s the question that commercial real estate company Cushman & Wakefield is answering already, because in the past month, the...

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