COVID-19 has brought doom and gloom to most business settings. Instead of wallowing in self-pity, why don’t you use this virus as an excuse to improve your office? When have you ever been given a significant amount of free time to properly look at your business and make improvements? With everyone out of the office, it also presents some other significant opportunities that were never there before.
How can you improve your workplace during COVID-19? It’s easy, follow these steps:
Give It a Deep Clean
The first thing you can, and should, do is give your office a deep clean. This is still possible through social distancing, just make sure nobody else is around when you unlock the door for the cleaning team. It’s clear that building decontamination is vital for stopping this virus, but it can also benefit your business in the long run. Think of it this way, you’ve finally given your office a deep clean for the first time in ages. Now, everyone can go back to enjoy a fresh and germ-free environment. It will feel better to work in, and you can reduce the chances of people spreading germs in the office.
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Try Out New Technology
When you’re working 9-5 in your office every day, you hardly have time to think about different technologies. Not only that, but you don’t always have the time to train employees to use new business tech. Right now, you have plenty of time to do both of these things. Use your time at home to research different business technologies and test them out. Try new software, and get your employees to learn how to use it as well. When things return to normal, you can implement the new technology without having a learning period to deal with. It can improve business performance and streamline your office!
Map Out New Layouts
With extra time on your hands, there’s an opportunity to review the way your office is laid out. Are you truly operating as effectively as possible? There are so many different office layout ideas that you can choose from. Take a look at yours and see where it can be improved. Lots of businesses choose the open-plan layout, but as the video above shows, this isn’t always as effective as you think. Do some research and see how you can alter your office design to get the most out of your employees and create a more productive environment. Before you open your doors again, you could go in and change the layout yourself. Again, this is something you don’t always have time to think about or alter during normal operating hours.
These three ideas show that you can still improve your business while COVID-19 has brought things to a standstill. The most successful businesses after this pandemic will be the ones that used all this extra time wisely. Turn your attention to your office and think of ways to upgrade it while everyone is away. Then, you can return to a healthier, more productive, office environment.