What Happens To The Office Watercooler After Coronavirus?
Many white-collar workers are experiencing the new world of telecommuting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Offices and other workplaces are shuttered, or operating with a fraction of the workforce on site.
But what happens when it’s time for most, or at least many workers, to leave home and go back into the office? This is a new challenge for the people who design office spaces for companies.
Nic Willis, an interior planning director at Hughes Marino in San Diego, is fielding calls from clients navigating the challenge. He wrote about practical design solutions for his company's blog.
"I think there needs to be a certain level of confidence that their employers have thought through the steps that are necessary to return workers to the office environment safely," Willis said. "Those include implementing social distancing and staggering work hours and just achieving appropriate density within the workplace."
Willis joined Midday Edition on Tuesday to talk about how the pandemic will impact workplace design.