COVID-19 Impact on the Open-Floor Office
Over the past 20 years, the floor plan has become a popular workplace structure. Dense office environments could pose a problem during the 2020 coronavirus pandemic when putting distance among workers is crucial to prevent transmission of the infectious COVID-19 disease. However, the open office still has a place moving forward, and some experts claim that we definitely won't see a return to traditional office setups, with individual offices and closed doors, as this gets too expensive. Instead, there may be fewer individually assigned seats. What also may change is seeing a more group-focused approach to the open office versus the "seas and seas of open work stations". The companies that will suffer are the ones that used the open office incorrectly and over-densified without having installed enough diverse work areas.