Not all office desks are created equal. It would be foolish to pretend otherwise, especially in a post-COVID workplace. When it comes to open office solutions, we’re all pausing to reassess our current office furniture, office layout, and the way we work. It’s taking people twice the amount of time to accomplish tasks because of the extra steps required to sanitize, social distance, check in, or set up processes to keep one healthy and safe among co-workers, not to mention the amount of mental energy it requires to train new habits in the workplace. But office furniture, including open office cubicles, are shifting to include privacy screens, attached barriers, or investments in curved social distancing workstations to make office productivity easier.
Curved workstations have several benefits over other cubicle or workstation models. Let’s take a look at those now.
Desks Can Be Social Distancing Products
You think about the placement of multiple hand sanitizer stations and converting your shared coffee maker to an individual Keurig or something similar, but privacy, safety and social distancing start with a good foundation. Curved workstations create stylish and understated safe barriers between co-workers.
Think of these cubicles as the ultimate social distancing products. Available in a variety of configurations, you can use these workstations for clusters in separate departments or floors, and combine in four, six or eight desks.
Aside from COVID-19, curved workstations with protective screens also prevent the spread of other infectious diseases, such as cold, flu, pneumonia, and stomach bugs. They allow employees to talk to each other through clear or semi transparent screens that can be installed at any height to accommodate both traditional seating arrangements or sit-stand desks.
A warning sign that your current desk situation may not fit the bill for future work is if an employee is seated across from or next to another employee without some kind of barrier screen that is at least double overhead height. Take a moment to assess your current office furniture and make a note of where privacy screens can be installed.
Effectiveness of Curved Workstations
Curved workstations provide several benefits beyond social distancing office furniture. Yes, they protect against and cut down on the likelihood of virus air particles being spread from one employee to the next. They also can increase privacy between colleagues. The
Improved Quiet and Focus
These social distancing workstations also offer some sound absorption and redirect, so employees don’t have to worry about listening to each other’s every word on phone conversations or in quick meetings with someone in the next cubicle.
Unrivaled Style For Open Offices
Square or rectangular cubicles are so 2019, right? With curved cubicles, you have a pleasant shape and design that does double duty for your employees. These public safety measures never looked so good. They can also work in a variety of floor play layouts, regardless of square footage.
Social Distancing In The Open Office
Okay, let’s talk specifics when it comes to curved social distancing workstations. These curved cubicles have privacy screens and unique shapes for social distancing in the office in style!
This curved cubicle “privacy design” is 66”H so that there is sufficient shielding against coughs or sneezes. Easy cleaning? Yes, it’s included. The workstation components are made of laminate, acrylic and marker board, all easy to clean and sanitize frequently throughout the work day. For example, this is shown in a 66”H x 96” diameter workstation footprint. You can customize the height for less or more privacy.
Numerous finish options are available for curved workstations so you don’t have to worry about a design that doesn’t match your current branding in your modern office. Solid colors as well as textured and rustic woodgrain laminates are available for the cubicle panels and surfaces. Acrylic components come in clear, frosted, light blue, orange, red and gloss white marker board. Bleach-cleanable tackable fabrics are also available. Need an ergonomic monitor arm or power/USB desktop charger? Yes, we live in the 21st century and those are included.
There’s never been a better time to purchase or lease new office furniture that works overtime for you and your staff. Employees need peace of mind more than ever, and a new workstation design, combined with other thoughtful work policies, can help everyone feel valued within the company.
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