(re)activate space

Understand what needs to be addressed when reactivating the workforce after COVID-19, from space considerations and occupancy to technology.

This step establishes your company's action plan in advanced preparation for eventual or imminent office re-entry.

It covers JLL's best practices to encourage and communicate new behaviors, including: spatial distancing strategies, limiting common access areas like cafeterias and cafes, and rethinking office configurations.

  • What are the government mandates around re-opening and occupancy?
  • Is there an established employee return to work plan confirmed?
  • Are protocols prepared for re-closing?
  • Are building and tenant spaces safe and equipped for use?

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  • Identify who will return to the office in the near term, realizing that some employees may require extended remote work due to underlying personal factors, transit challenges and school closures
  • If possible, create shifts based on social distancing in the workplace
  • When restructuring the number of shifts, think about company headcounts and space capacity
  • Maintain separation between teams returning to the office

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  • One-way circulation patterns to help manage foot traffic
  • Limit the number of employees allowed in certain spaces
  • Assign desks and make them reservable ahead of time to manage employee volume in the office

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  • Redraw floorplans and reconfigure furniture, considering that some changes may be required by new government mandates
  • Incorporate more touchless technologies for restrooms and trash receptacles
  • Define cleaning and transition protocols for any shared workspaces
  • Consider repurposing underutilized spaces
  • Limit any desk sharing in the near term

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  • Assess existing building technology that could help in providing and monitoring access and occupancy
  • Consider new products in areas such as support for remote work, health screening robotics or touchless technology

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  • Limit on-site meetings and establish clear guidelines
  • Use videoconferencing and other virtual meeting technologies
  • If holding in-person meetings, limit the number of attendees and maintain social distancing
  • Plan for and manage congestion in common areas like elevator banks, cafeterias and gyms

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  • Limit occupancy using clear guidelines and shifts
  • Manage higher demand and sanitation for microwaves and other equipment
  • Encourage workers to bring food to the office or have lunch delivered in prepackaged containers to eliminate trips outside the office
  • Limit congregation in any communal spaces, such as cafeterias, lounges and fitness centers

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Webinar: Strategies for re-activating workspaces during COVID-19

Developing a solid plan to re-activate workspaces is challenging and complex. Organizations must determine which workers need to come back, create a phased approach for welcoming them back, and adjust workspaces to accommodate social distancing and provide a safe and healthy environment. Learn about JLL’s three-pronged approach for re-activating space from Susan Wasmund, global occupancy planning operations lead.

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Talk to a JLL professional for counsel

Contact us to learn how we can help accelerate the development of remote work programs, assess any impact to your asset or portfolio, or discuss other challenges you may be facing during this unprecedented time.