Returning to a Safe and Healthy Office Work Environment Blog Series - Blog 5: Remote and Flex Work Options
By Brie DeLisi
Many organizations are in the process of considering if and how to bring their employees back to the workplace. There are potential risks involved in bringing employees back, especially at full capacity in the office. In the call center example, employers are facing this consideration with a fairly large workforce in a shared work environment with close quarters.
Average cubicle or workstation recommendations are around 100 square feet per employee (a 10 x 10 ft workspace) and if employees were to stay isolated in their 100 sq. foot ‘bubble’ that might work, however there is a decent amount of movement throughout the day and the likelihood of maintaining proper social distancing is unlikely. With this consideration, annual base office rental rates per sq. ft is around $10-14 per year, depending on the space. It can then be determined that each employee workstation space alone will cost about $1,000-1,400 per year, not including annual operating expenses, furniture, electrical, etc.
Organizations are likely looking at the costs of leasing what has been largely empty space for the last couple months and wondering what to do next. When considering the options for the future, fortunately, there are a number of options to consider for the work environment structure, with pros and cons to each for consideration:
Full return to the workplace – this is a situation in which all employees return to the office, there will likely be changes in the day-to-day operations to limit interactions.
Partial return to the workplace for the entire workforce, Situation A – in this situation, perhaps half the employees return to the office for half the week while the other half work from home, and swap for the latter half of the week.
Partial return to the workplace for the entire workforce, Situation B – in this dynamic, half the workforce returns to the office while half work remotely in a permanent situation
Fully remote workforce – in which the office environment is largely liquidated, and all employees work remotely
At Propulo, we’d be happy to discuss the options and considerations for the future of your call center workforce!
Future blogs in this series
Read more from this blog series:
BLOG 1: THE NEW NORMAL
BLOG 2: OFFICE ENVIRONMENT SETUP
BLOG 3: SAFE WORKING PROCEDURES AND PPE
BLOG 4: PREPARATION FOR RETURN - EMPLOYEE ENGAGEMENT AND COMMUNICATIONS
BLOG 6: CONTINGENCY PLAN DEVELOPMENT
Read more about Flex Work: