11 Ways to Ensure a Healthier Office

These tips will help ensure that real estate professionals remain healthy and safe when they're in the office.
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  • Conduct maintenance and updates to HVAC systems; install high-efficiency air filters and thoroughly and regularly clean ventilation systems.
  • Install ultraviolet lighting in bathrooms. UV-C lights have been found to destroy viruses on surfaces.
  • Remove porous materials, such as carpeting.
  • Add signs and visual reminders to promote social distancing and single-­direction foot traffic.
  • Eliminate communal food and drink offerings such as coffee machines and water coolers; replace with single snacks, meals, or beverages.
  • Ramp up cleaning with janitorial and maintenance providers. Create a morning and evening routine of disinfecting all work surfaces, and don’t forget high-touch items such as keyboards and mice, pens, drawer handles, and phones.
  • Place sanitizing dispensers throughout the office and reception areas.
  • Stagger work hours or days to reduce the density of people; allow telework.
  • Replace elevator doors and buttons with a touchless experience.
  • Reconfigure desks, tables, and chairs so they are a minimum of 6 feet apart.
  • Install a countertop shield barrier at reception desks.

Sources: Robert T. Tillsley, SIOR, president, McBride Corporate Real Estate (mcbridecorpre.com), Franklin Lakes, N.J.; Dr. Jonathan Spero, CEO, InHouse Physicians (www.inhousephysicians.com); nar.realtor; National Academy of Sciences