Guide to COVID-19 Facility Management: Part Three

Nick Mason
March 3rd, 2021

Trying to plan a successful office reopening is no small undertaking—from maintaining workplace safety and implementing flexible workplace practices to employee health screenings and optimizing space utilization.

Even in 2021, COVID-19 still has a monumental impact on day-to-day life. That’s why we’ve created several resources for facility managers and professionals.  

CASE STUDY: How Syneos Health saftey kept offices open during the pandemic

This past July and October, we released a consolidated list of our COVID-10 resources and blog posts. You can find the first two here: 

Here is the updated recap of the new resources we’ve created since. 

The impact of COVID-19 on facilities management

COVID-19: The evolution of facilities management roles

There’s no question that the pandemic has changed several aspects of the workplace and facilities management as a whole. Some changes are more permanent than others, like the ever-evolving dynamic workplace and a focus on maintaining healthy buildings.  

This article explores the ways in which the facilities management landscape has shifted years into the future and how facilities professionals can stay ahead. 

Integrated facilities management and COVID-19

Facility management professionals are responsible for coordinating all kinds of office and building-centered components—from building health and operations to employee management. Now, with COVID-19, FMs are dealing with added responsibilities like a back-to-office plan, enhanced cleaning procedures, and more. 

An integrated workplace management system (IWMS) is an excellent way to manage your day-to-day activities/tasks all from one centralized place. But, with so many options, where do you start?

This article dives into the different IWMS options and how they can help facilities teams keep their office(s) safe and employees healthy.

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How the pandemic changed the way employees work

The impact of workplace shifts as employees return to the office

The workplace has seen several changes due to the pandemic like an increase in remote work and shift work as well as redefining what productivity looks like beyond the typical 9-5. 

An article published on Chief Executive unpacks the five primary shifts in the workplace and how facility teams need to work in tandem with HR, IT, and more. 

COVID-19: How to embrace flexibility at every level

Not too long ago, the idea of flexibility in the workplace seemed too good to be true. The ability to work where and when you’re most productive wasn’t the reality for many employees but COVID-19 shook that up. 

Now, teams are working all over the world asynchronously. The key is to embrace this new flexibility. 

In this article, we share how your company can embrace flexibility and ultimately create a work environment that’s conducive to productivity and happiness.

People want to return to the office, and they expect it to be safe

The COVID-19 pandemic has caused increased health concerns in just about every aspect of life; places like the grocery store, at home, and at work. It’s up to facility managers to spearhead the effort in ensuring your workplace is safe for employees. 

This article makes the case for why companies need to invest in proper safety and hygiene practices


Safety in the workplace

Create a safer work environment with Distancing Planner and Safeguard

To create a safe workplace for all, you need the right tools and technology on your side. 

Learn about how OfficeSpace’s Distancing Planner and Safeguard features can help you create a healthy work environment for the present and future — no matter where or how your employees work.

COVID-19: Health screening questions to maintain a healthy office

What should you include in health screening questions? What answers do you need to have to make sure you aren’t putting employees at risk?

This article breaks down not only how you should structure your health screenings but why they should be a critical part of your return-to-office strategy.

COVID-19: Workplace safety and returning to the office

There are many components that make up a successful back-to-office transition, like health checks, physical distancing protocol, reconfigured desk space, and more.

It can be overwhelming. Trying to figure out what is best for your company will likely require some trial and error. 

We share the most critical parts of a safe return to office plan so you know you’re covering all your bases.

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Planning the post-COVID office

8 Room booking best practices in the wake of COVID-19

Whether you’ve used a room booking system in the past or want to implement one as part of your post-COVID-19 return-to-the-office plan, these eight best practices will help you make the most of this technology.

How to use Reports & Analytics to plan your post-COVID-19 office

As you know, a major part of effective (and productive) facility management is data. 

FMs use data to make decisions on every aspect of the building/office from a building’s efficiency and occupancy to determining what type of floor plan is best for the space and employees. 

This article explains the various types of reports and analytics FMs need to create their ideal post-COVID-19 office.

6 Best practices to ensure a safe post-COVID workplace

What should be your primary focus in a post-COVID-19 world as a facility professional? What boxes do you need to check to ensure your workplace is as safe as possible for employees as they begin to return to the office? 

In this article, we share six best practices for you to create a safe, productive, and efficient workplace for employees during the back-to-office transition and beyond.


Need help preparing for your company’s return-to-work transition? See how OfficeSpace Software’s COVID-19 features can streamline your planning.


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