Posted on May 12th, 2020
COVID-19 – Operations Update
Following the Government’s announcement on Sunday as well as the publication of the Lockdown Recovery Plan, we wanted to provide an update regarding our office operations as well as distil / share our thoughts about how the office environment will evolve in line with emerging government guidelines.
We must be mindful that whilst some personnel will be eager to return to the office for a sense of normality, others will be anxious and worried about the potential risk to their health & well-being and that of their close family. Given this, businesses must do everything possible to support the health, safety and mental well-being of their employees throughout all stages of Lockdown easing.
For now, PM PROjEN continue to operate in the same way as we have since the Lockdown was first imposed. The vast majority of our workforce is working safely from home and will continue to do so until it is inherently safe to return to the office with robust social distancing measures in place. The exception to this is our Construction Managers who continue to work on critical projects whilst adhering to strict social distancing guidelines and other measures outlined in the Construction Leadership Council Site Operating Procedure (protecting your workforce during Coronavirus) https://www.constructionleadershipcouncil.co.uk/news/site-operating-procedures-version-3-published/
Like most businesses, we are starting to plan how we will reintroduce personnel into our offices. Unlike Construction sites, less guidance is currently available which adequately takes account of the vast variety of office configurations. However, the British Council for Offices have produced a briefing note (Thoughts on Office Design and Operation after COVID-19) which is a short but useful guide to some of the key aspects that need to be considered when re-configuring the office environment to take account of the impact of COVID-19.
We are acutely aware that many businesses are experiencing the same challenges in terms of creating a safe working environment for their personnel in the absence of detailed or specific external guidance. Through our website news we will continue to share information and guidance which we are finding useful in preparing our office re-opening plans.
In the meantime, we hope you continue to keep safe and well.