Three months ago, an office manager called us seeking solutions to bring the COVID-19 remote workforce back. This bank’s headquarters had a phased-in plan set to begin in mid-September, the office manager Patrick explained.
Patrick’s employer typically has 325 full-time employees across four floors of an office park. Like most modern-day offices before the pandemic, people worked amongst one another in an open floor plan. Now, facing an implementation plan that will bring 25% of those employees back to work this fall, followed by another 50% in late winter, Patrick’s job was to prepare a safe office environment.
With a mind for sustainable long-term solutions, and not just a kneejerk reaction in changing times, Patrick asked what options his company had to consider. Tri-State Glass, a Dillard Company, toured the space and presented a few different glass office solutions that could be tailored to this banking company’s needs.
Employees who, before COVID, were joined by clusters of cubicle quads now needed to be safely separated and protected from possible health contaminants. The company wanted one of its two largest conference rooms partitioned into comfortable and safe individual pods that added privacy options. The company also wanted an unintimidating, but temporary, “screening zone” on every floor’s entrance, where each employee would stop by for a temperature check and to receive a disposable mask if theirs had been accidentally forgotten. What’s more, Patrick wanted a solution that had at least a five-year relevance for both health safety and aesthetics.
Glass walls and partitions are perfectly suitable for all of these needs. Glass is an elegant material. It’s safer and easier to clean than other partition options, such as fabric. Glass allows natural light and the office’s woodsy outside to continue to be seen throughout the space, which many employees like. Glass also responds well to the industrial disinfectants that are being used every evening by cleaning staff, as well as the casual swipe of a disinfecting wipe from an employee’s individual stash.
What’s more, if the company decides in the future to take a different aesthetic approach, the glass partitions can be removed with little to no obvious signs they were once there.
Tri-State Glass is available to consult on a variety of glass office solutions to help ease the return-to-work transition. Glass solutions can be customized for each customer. If you’d like the advice of the Mid-South’s long-standing glass experts, give Tri-State Glass a call today!
A variety of glass office solutions are available for customization!