The Office Moving Alliance...

Supporting America’s Return to Office (RTO)

Most of us have adjusted to the challenges of working from home, but our collective Return To Office (RTO) can’t come fast enough. As sited in the Gensler’s Research Institute’s US Workplace Survey, an office environment is the preferred place to work if it is designed for productivity and provides the employee confidence of a safe environment.

At the Office Moving Alliance (OMA), we put the health and safety of our employees and customers first and our actions over the past few weeks are evidence of that. Part of this effort has included the collaboration with our members, our customers, and industry experts to create a model that will support the RTO movement. As an industry leader in national and international commercial logistics and relocation, we would like to share some of the key findings that will help you create a welcoming and safe office environment.

#1: WELCOME BACK -There will be anxiety as employees re-enter the workplace. An enthusiastic welcome and white glove service will ease their transition.
  • Help by moving employee’s items from home back into their office
  • Offer customized adjustments to sit/stand desks, seating and tele/data positioning
  • Provide personalized employee-directed cleaning services on Day 1
#2: CREATE SOCIAL DISTANCING -This will be unavoidable for successful RTO. Employees will be highly aware of the space they are returning to and the 6-foot rule has been implanted in all of us. Consider...
  • Repositioning seating so employees no longer face each other
  • Attaching movable partitions to sit/stand desks or adding higher panels to existing workstations
  • Installing plexiglass sneeze-guard barriers in reception and other two-way communication areas
  • Separating work areas by installing glass walls
  • Remove excess seating from conference rooms, cafeterias and huddle spaces
  • Create one-way walking patterns through common areas
  • NOTE: OMA can provide the products that are necessary for the above changes
#3: DE-DENSIFY WORKSPACE -This may be challenging but many employees will expect this upon return
  • Respace workstations to emphasize the 6-foot rule
  • Rethink, limit, or eliminate open bench seating and shared workspaces
  • Assigning certain employees to work from home on a rotating or permanent basis
#4: CLEANING PROCESS -This will be paramount to any RTO program and will be called out if employees feel as though their organization is not following proper protocols.
  • Consider replacing fabric panels on workstations with easier to clean non-porous materials
  • Offer daily cleaning of individual workspaces
  • Conduct multiple cleanings each day of high-traffic areas like conference rooms, cafeterias, restrooms and doorknobs