A Checklist For Returning To The Office

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The global pandemic pushed business leaders to make remote-work plans overnight. Now, as we evaluate our plans for returning to the office either full- or part- time, businesses must use knowledge gained from this health crisis to restructure workspaces while prioritizing employee safety.

  • Determine a plan to prevent the spread of the virus; practice social distancing in the workplace
  • Create an infectious-disease response plan
  • Develop emergency communication and disaster-recovery plan
  • Install physical barriers and high-efficiency air filters
  • Encourage sneeze guards and thermal screening in lobbies and other entry points
  • Establish sanitization stations around the workspace
  • Determine those in the organization who will monitor and manage health and safety measures
  • Go contactless where possible, such as in high-traffic areas, the café, doorways, and conference rooms
  • Encourage sick employees to stay home
  • Provide training and education on risk factors and protective behaviors
  • Consider using dividers in larger conference rooms to break them into smaller huddle or pop-in rooms—to accommodate social distancing
  • Leverage cloud-based technologies such as UCaaS, IaaS, and SaaS to ensure always-on accessibility for remote or hybrid workers


Space individual desks further apart to allow for effective social distancing.

Assign hardware and workspaces to individual employees to minimize device handling and cross- contamination.

Manage employee access and capacity while monitoring contact with access-control technology.

Leverage cloud-based platforms—such as UCaaS and collaboration software—to keep employees and customers connected and productive across chats, calls, video meetings, file sharing, and applications.

Keep business on track with SaaS-based productivity software installed on end devices and hosted servers.

Leverage cybersecurity and Security-as-a-Service technology to minimize the risk of phishing and ransomware attacks.

Go contactless in your conference rooms by deploying hands-free methods for starting or joining collaboration sessions.

Monitor employee and staff health via thermal screening and health questionnaires at check-in kiosks.

Migrate on-premises infrastructure to the cloud

via IaaS to ensure always-on availability.

Sanitize devices properly or deploy screen guards, to care for devices and ensure their longevity.

Monitor air quality with solutions designed to keep workspaces safe and healthy.




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