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Reimagining the office and work life after COVID-19

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Reimagining the office and work life after COVID-19

The pandemic has forced the adoption of new ways of working. Organizations must reimagine their work and the role of offices in creating safe, productive, and enjoyable jobs and lives for employees. COVID-19 has brought unprecedented human and humanitarian challenges. Many companies around the world have risen to the occasion, acting swiftly to safeguard employees and migrate to a new way of working that even the most extreme business-continuity plans hadn’t envisioned. Across industries, leaders will use the lessons from this large-scale work-from-home experiment to reimagine how work is done—and what role offices should play—in creative and bold ways. Changing attitudes...

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Critical Supply Shortages — The Need for Ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 Pandemic

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Critical Supply Shortages — The Need for Ventilators and Personal Protective Equipment during the Covid-19 Pandemic

On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization designated “coronavirus disease 2019” (Covid-19) a global pandemic. As the number of cases in the United States continues to grow, political leaders are encouraging physical (or “social”) distancing to slow the rate of transmission. The goal of this practice is to flatten the curve of new infection, thereby avoiding a surge of demand on the health care system, but the effects of physical distancing may take weeks to appear. U.S. hospitals are already reporting shortages of key equipment needed to care for critically ill patients, including ventilators and personal protective equipment (PPE)...

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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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