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Tuesday, 09 June 2020 11:29

When is the right time to return to work?

Abigail Dawson-Smith from Masterlord Office Village asks ‘When is the right time to return to work?’

There’s a new dilemma facing many medium and smaller office-based businesses that have managed to continue operating during the pandemic, with staff working from home.Masterlord

When is the right time to return to the office? And how can staff be confident of a safe work environment?

Guidelines on social distancing and new hygiene protocols are vital. But going back to work in an office with other people has to be a personal as well as a business decision, based on an individual’s circumstances. Some people have found that productivity is sometimes improved by remote working, but many have struggled to find an easy balance. Home can have family demands or space constraints that don’t always fit conveniently with video conference calls and lengthy business discussions with clients or colleagues!   

With a gradual relaxation of the lockdown, our Ipswich office village on the Ransomes Europark has seen 20 out of 45 small and medium-sized businesses return to work, many of them in the last week or so.

A key element is creating a safer environment, and it’s our top priority at Masterlord. Thermal cameras now operate at reception to detect any higher than normal body temperature as staff pass through, part of the ‘new normal’ as offices move safely back to work. We’re used to security cameras, now we have to get used to other monitoring systems too. 

The latest thermographic cameras are not intrusive as there’s no contact and, for privacy, no facial recognition software. Similar systems are being used at airports and trialled at other locations, but Masterlord is believed to be the first rental office complex in Ipswich to install the technology.

The health and security of people working in offices has to be taken seriously. At our office village, the temperature of everyone coming into the building is monitored and displayed for the receptionist. Any potential problem can be flagged immediately and discreetly.

Screening all visitors and deliveries means that people working in the building can be confident that no-one having a high temperature will gain access and, as you’d expect now, hand sanitisers are at the entrance and in shared areas.

Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of offices and shared spaces is being increased as people start to return to their offices, many after being furloughed. 

More businesses are now looking for short-term office rental for social distancing or family reasons. Having a flexible arrangement gives people another option if they want to return to work, for example where social distancing may not be possible at their normal office location or where home working is no longer practical.  

Being confident is a deciding factor in coming back to any office: do I feel safe? That’s the right time to return.

If you would like to speak to us about our facilities, please contact Abigail Dawson-Smith on 01473 276118 or abigail@masterlord.co.uk.

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Masterlord Office Village in Ipswich is supporting businesses returning to their offices with new temperature screening technology and hand sanitisers at receptionMasterlord Office Village in Ipswich is supporting businesses returning to their offices with new temperature screening technology and hand sanitisers at reception (Photo: Simply C Photography)

 

Abigail Dawson welcomes back office tenants and visitors at Masterlord Office Village with a new temperature screening camera and hand sanitisers for everyone’s safety Abigail Dawson welcomes back office tenants and visitors at Masterlord Office Village with a new temperature screening camera and hand sanitisers for everyone’s safety (Photo: Simply C Photography)

 

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Everyone entering Ipswich’s Masterlord Office Village sanitises their hands and is screened automatically using the latest temperature camera technologyEveryone entering Ipswich’s Masterlord Office Village sanitises their hands and is screened automatically using the latest temperature camera technology (Photo: Simply C Photography)