Returning to the Office

Woman preparing to return to the office

Creating a safe workplace environment is paramount when it comes to people returning to work whether from an extended period of working from home, parental leave, or another reason to be out of the office. How you create that safe space can vary and often includes signage, cleaning supplies and flexibility. We can help you get on the road to success with these 4 major categories of things you need before people to return to the office.  

1. Cleaning Supplies

Person disinfecting area with Electrostatic Disinfection backpack.

Electrostatic Disinfection Backpack Source:

Having the proper cleaning supplies available to your staff will help ensure that any viruses, diseases, dirt, germs, etc., don’t spread in your workplace. Stocking your space with the necessary disinfecting solutions will instill a sense of security and calm in a workplace after potentially not having been back in the office for a long time. Be sure to look at different items to learn what is a cleaner, what is a sanitizer, and what is a disinfectant, as each of them have different properties. Electrostatic Disinfection is an easy solution to what was once a time consuming and costly endeavor. Some cleaning supplies we recommend are: 


2. Air Purifiers

Air purifier next to sofa in waiting room.

HEPA and Carbon Filteration Air Purifiers for 300-600 sq ft. Source:

Installing air purifiers in your space can be beneficial for many reasons. Air purifiers allow for a safer re-entrance to office life by ensuring that anything harmful that was in the air is no longer in the air. Air purifiers also reduce the potential for seasonal sicknesses like colds, flus, and other infections. They can keep your staff healthy which cuts back on out-of-work sick time and saves you both the time and money spent on sick time. Here are some great options of air purifiers: 

3. Ergonomic Furniture

Cosset Ergonomic Task Chair

Cosset Ergonomic Task Chair Source:

Having ergonomic, size-inclusive furniture available to staff, customers, and visitors is reassuring and will remind your staff that not only are you taking care of the germicidal and airborne issues that once plagued offices, but you are also supporting other aspects of their physical health. Whether someone is looking for an adjustable sit-stand desk, an ergonomic stool, or even desk treadmills, having an open-minded outlook to what will help others work well is key. Visit our sibling site, Andy Stern’s, to learn more about safe workplace office reconfigurations.  

4. Plants

Snake plant.

While it may seem silly to say that you should bring plants into the office, they’re both comforting and beneficial. Yes, people have gotten used to working from home surrounded by their “creature comforts” and one of these is their plants. However, plants play a significant role in both our physical and mental health. Biophilic design offers us both indirect and direct connectivity to nature, therefore allowing us to breathe easier, focus better, and stay positive. Be mindful of people with allergies or other sensitivities and try to stay away from robust scents. Some plants to bring into the office are: 

  • Peace Lily 
  • Aloe Vera
  • Snake Plant
  • Ferns
  • Fiddle Leaf Fig


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