As more businesses start to get employees back to work, the term ‘COVID-secure workplace’ is the latest new addition to the UK’s Coronavirus vocabulary, and serviced offices can help you to open back up in a number of important ways.

For companies that already make use of our serviced offices, there are several things you can do to help ensure your workforce complies with social distancing in the office:

  • Space out workstations as much as possible
  • Avoid employees facing each other across a desk
  • Erect physical barriers wherever 2m separation is impossible

Imagine the layout of a traditional schoolroom, with individual desks all facing front – this spaces people apart and makes the best use of the room available by positioning workstations in a kind of grid layout.

We are happy to accommodate social distancing measures as much as possible in our serviced offices in Manchester and London, and as always the large windows let in plenty of natural light to help your employees feel comfortable in their new location.

If you need more space

In some cases, you might simply have too many employees to allow for adequate spacing between their seating positions.

Subject to availability in our serviced offices in Manchester and London, we can often provide additional room on-site, allowing you to spread out into an extra office on the same floor or elsewhere in the building.

This is especially useful if you are unable to allow your employees to work from home, so if you are interested in renting some extra space, please check with us as soon as possible so we can help you get your new rooms ready before staff return from furlough.

Our premises are located close to important business districts like Manchester city centre, MediaCityUK and Salford Quays, as well as the Isle of Dogs and nearby Canary Wharf.

But we have always avoided the most crowded areas, preferring to give our clients some open space and, where possible, views across open water – all of which is particularly important for the foreseeable future.

How virtual offices can help

If you are able to allow employees to work from home, or if you’d prefer to work from home yourself during this time, we can provide seamless virtual office services in Manchester and London.

Essentially this means that although you don’t come into the office in person, you can still be contacted at your usual physical business address.

This is a service we provide anyway, and it’s great for start-up businesses that don’t need physical premises or for sole traders who can easily work from a home office or spare room.

But for obvious reasons it’s taken on new meaning in 2020, following a huge uptick in people working from home almost overnight.

Let us know if you need to know more about our virtual offices in Manchester and London, which can give you the professional appearance of a physical presence in key urban centres, without having to travel on crowded public transport or have all of your staff based in the office in person.

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