The Covid-19 pandemic is likely to change the world in many ways. Businesses are already embracing the impact, with considerable number of employees being given the ‘work from home’ option. As these businesses get back to what will be the ‘new normal’, the basics of workplace safety will change. Screenings and workspace sanitization will be mandatory, and businesses will be forced to ensure social distancing. In such hard times, ensuring that every single meeting room is used to the full potential, and employees get space and cubicles to work, is more than necessary. For space management, businesses are more likely to rely on scheduling software.
Figuring out the basics
There are a few things that employers have to be decide. Firstly, the need to have flexible shifts and workplace timings. You want to use the entire office, but you don’t want to overcrowd it. For that, multiple shifts in a day will be necessary, and employers have to ensure that employees have a say in what suits them the best. Secondly, it is necessary to find windows for sanitizing the workspace. Think of the cubicles, desks, computers, equipment, and other things that employees need to share. To keep up with social distancing protocols, it is necessary to have a list of dos and don’ts. For example, in a room that can accommodate ten people, only five will be allowed, and more than five bookings will not be accepted automatically.
How does scheduling software help?
Whether it is about conference room booking, or making a list of rooms that are available in a given shift, scheduling software can do it all. It allows floor managers and office administrators to decide what’s allowed and what’s not, and employees can choose to place a booking when they want, decide on where they want to work, and figure out the best solutions for a given event or meeting. The best scheduling software products are cloud-based, so bookings, updates and modifications can be done in real time.
Moving forward, scheduling software will be the only way to manage business spaces better. While each software has its pros and cons, select one that’s easy to deploy and use. You want the employees and managers to feel empowered while using the scheduling software, and they should be able to see all details, so that right decisions can be taken. At the least, most manual errors can be avoided entirely.