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Group Director, Nabil Sabet features in Ladders to explore why “The desk and these other office features may never be seen again in a post-Corona world”.

It’s proven that productivity output can be maintained. When that’s the reality where we’ve grown as a collective – this new skill – then the question becomes, ‘Why are you going into that space?

Nabil Sabet, Group Managing Director

Addressing re-entry strategies, Sabet highlights that when doors reopen, one of the key components will be finding the balance between safety and productivity for workers. He also shares that staff surveys can be a good way to gauge how the employee feels coming back to the office.

With many offices taking a phased approach to returning, Sabet emphasises the importance of addressing huddle rooms. “They tend to be a tight fit for four or five people to sit in very close proximity, and if six-feet social distancing measures are applied inside, that would mean that half of the group would likely be on the outside of the glass cube looking in”, he shares.

He also highlights how depersonalisation of space will be key to maintaining sanitation and cleanliness. Reducing clutter and regular desk rotation will encourage deep-cleaning, “That’s going to be really interesting as people take all those photos and plants away. Do you want people coming by and touching them?”.

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