Trend Report 111- The Virus-Safe Workspace

Hi, I’m Paul Roberts welcome to my PODCAST Channel “THE FUTURE” where I cover BREAKING TRENDS FROM AROUND THE WORLD

In our ever accelerating times, keeping ahead of the latest breaking news and trends from the world’s of fashion, music, film, art, tech, activism, is a time consuming daily challenge. Sure the information is all out there, but it is a time consuming ordeal to scan all the necessary sources. As Darwin said survival depends on how quickly you can adapt.

The future belongs to those who prepare today.

In this PODCAST #111, I wanted to share a few ideas for businesses who are reopening and want to add some extra measures to reduce the chance of new transmissions.

With Lockdowns easing you are a business owner who is responsible for an office, a restaurant or some other workspace where the public assemble and interact, you may be wondering what can be done to minimise the chance of any further community transmissions of COVID-19 and still remain open for business, and as this is a brave new world, we at FIB thought it useful to offer a few ideas, rather rely on the ones that fall out of either Gladys or Scomo’s mouths.

Woolworths goes all-in on plexiglass. Photo Credit: Twitter
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Left, right, cha cha cha. Woolies new floor decals. Photo Credit: Newcastle Herald

Smart businesses are launching social distancing workplace concepts to keep employees safer. You have already seen them in Woolworths, Bunnings, Officeworks, even your local post office etc. those ubiquitous perspex screens and floor stickers giving you measured positions to stand, and move. But that is just the beginning.

The COVID-19 pandemic is reshaping the way society functions, with the concept of work having been drastically altered. Brands are creating custom concepts of what this future might look like including separating workspaces by 6 feet, implementing walkway directions to avoid congestion, limiting shared workplaces, and increasing sanitisation.

When society does return to the office post-pandemic, many are concerned that is still may not be safe. Even after a vaccine is implemented, many will not forget the jarring reality that a new virus may hit at any time. They are looking to brands to provide safety measures to mitigate these fears and allow them to return to a new state of normal. Sanitisation expectations have increased and workers want to ensure all safety measures have been thoroughly implemented so they can return to a semblance of normalcy while knowing they are protected from the spread of any disease.

So how can we go back to work and still be vigilant?


1. New Concept Debuted Mockups of the Future of Work After COVID-19

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The future of work will undoubtedly change as workers continue to fear the spread of COVID-19 and Neu Concept has proposed a solution to keep employees interacting and working alongside each other safely. The privately held out design and manufacturing facility in Durham debuted custom “presentation sets” to create a polished yet safe working environment for office spaces that include increased barriers between desks and meeting rooms.

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The new concept focuses on creating translucent barriers that enable colleagues to see one another while having a protective shield to prevent germs from spreading from coughs or sneezes. In addition, offices would have clearly marked pathways that direct the flow of traffic and limit walking to one direction to reduce congestion. These solutions can easily be implemented to existing office spaces without significant modification.

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2. Evoca Necta Vending Machines will Help with PPE Distribution

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Personal protective equipment (PPE) has become a very hot commodity during the COVID-19 pandemic as a way to keep frontline workers safe, so Evoca Necta has announced it will support PPE distribution with its vending machines in workplaces.

The announcement includes the Necta Melodia, Tango, Jazz and Orchestra vending machines, which are able to be customized to fit an array of PPE including masks, gloves and more. The vending machines can also be fitted with Hi devices that can connect with Evoca’s Hi Suite back office management platform to provide employees with unique codes to access their allocated gear, perform audits and more.

Evoca Uk Sales Director Craig Jukes spoke further on the vending machine PPE distribution move saying, “We have to anticipate what ‘the new normal’ will look like when the current restrictions on movement are relaxed and public spaces begin to re-open. The economy needs shopping centers, railway stations, airports and other busy locations to open as soon as it’s safe to do so, but the chances are that social distancing will become a part of life for the foreseeable future. I also think it’s odds-on that we’ll be required to wear protection such as masks and gloves when we enter enclosed public spaces.

Management in these locations will need to come up with ways to make these products available to the public and vending machines are the perfect solution. They’re safe to use and they can be used whilst maintaining social distancing. What’s more, they are unattended – there’s no need for a member of staff to be present.”


3. WeWork Debuts New Virus-Safe Office Concept

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Office rental space company WeWork recently debuted a new proposal for a new working environment post-pandemic that will aim to keep users safe and apart. The new concept consists of three main factors: prioritizing personal space, distributing the workforce, and increased sanitisation.

WeWork’s proposed solution for private offices is to include a ‘buffer seat,’ which essentially mandates that every other chair is left empty in alternating patterns, so no one is seated directly beside or behind another person to allow a distance of 6 feet. In terms of lounging, all seating is spread apart with designated empty seats. In addition, movement would be restricted to one-way circulation paths to avoid bottlenecks. Lastly, WeWork proposes adding complementary sanitization stations for all high-touch areas including wipe dispensers.



4. The OneLife ‘PureOne’ Silent Air Purifier is Waste-Free and Efficient

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CES 2020: OneLife PureOne Air Purifier has a filter that can be thrown in the dishwasher.

The OneLife ‘PureOne’ silent air purifier is a powerful air cleaning solution for the home or office that will work to clean spaces of pollutants and particles in the air, while putting a focus on an efficient, waste-free design. The air purifier is built with a plasma field technology filter that will capture pollutants without creating harmful ozone emissions; the filter is capable of being either washed by hand or put in the dishwasher to eliminate disposable alternatives. The unit also runs completely silently to not disturb inhabitants with any noise.

Eat your heart out Pete Evans !

The OneLife ‘PureOne’ silent air purifier features an exterior design that’s finished with textile and wood for added style, and is compatible for use with voice assistants including Google Assistant, Siri and Amazon Alexa.

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