MILAN/LONDON (Reuters) – Can creative sparks fly through plexiglass? Is the water cooler chat a thing of the past?
Company bosses preparing to reopen offices shuttered due to the coronavirus pandemic are contemplating radical changes to the workplace to keep staff safe.
Hand sanitisers and thermal scanners are just the start. Some firms are considering remodelling their offices to minimise the risk of a second wave of infections. Long rows of desks may be out, work stations sheathed with glass sneeze guards may be in.
As he prepares to return thousands of staff to offices across Italy, Davide Sala, Pirelli’s (PIRC.MI) HR boss, is applying practices already adopted in the tyre company’s operations in China.
The changes included temperature tests, face masks and more space between desks that allowed the group to resume at least some office work.
“We’re going to use the China model elsewhere,” Sala said. “There will be more space for staff, fewer people in rooms and the…
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