Creative Design Solutions for the Workplace
Policy & Advocacy
This session focused on implementing creative solutions in the workplace, finding ways to communicate with your community and keeping morale up.
Start with Reconfiguring Physical Workspace
- Stagger shifts.
- Add protective barriers and return to “old cubicle” style.
- Keep density of office low, ideally 20%. At 50% or more it gets difficult to control and trace the virus.
- Create rooms with partitions if members from the community are entering; clean the hard surfaces frequently.
- Outdoor shared space like open lots, parks and sidewalks are great for spaced-out office/community meetings.
- Talk to your employees and community members to find out what they are comfortable with in regard to meeting in person.
- Implement signage with messages of mask wearing, physical distancing and hygiene.
Find New and Better Ways to Communicate with Your Community
- Think about the community’s access to the internet.
- Have meaningful conversations via phone call if members do not have internet or video call access.
- Think about your human capital capacity to reach the community: Do you have enough people to reach out? What supplies do you need? How time-consuming is the contact?
Keeping Morale Up
- Do check-ins regularly for work and offer fun non-work events such as a virtual happy hour, a Netflix watch party or a Zoom party.
- Have a flexible day for employees — one day a week to catch up on work and things at home and engage with customers/community members.
- Understand that a lot of employees are juggling home and work life in the same area.
- Remember to be flexible, since some employees have children and are home schooling them and/or are taking care of other family members.
- Provide what you can to employees to make the work from home environment better: keyboards, headsets, mouse, additional monitor.