Cushman & Wakefield returns to the office thanks to the Six Feet Office concept
What can the new office reality look like after the return from the work-from-home environment? What health protection measures should be introduced to ensure employee safety? Experts of global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield answer these questions pointing to the changes and control measures implemented in the firm’s own head office.
Global real estate services firm Cushman & Wakefield has opted for a partial return of its employees to the office. Its head office in the Lumen building in Warsaw features solutions developed as part of its proprietary idea Six Feet Office (6FO), which was previously implemented in Cushman & Wakefield’s Amsterdam office. The return of employees to the office is part of a coordinated global effort of Cushman & Wakefield.
“We wanted to enable our employees to work from the office while minimising risks. Many of us longed for a different work environment than home, because we need to interact, share knowledge, energy and experiences on a daily basis. We opted for a partial return to the office in response to the questions and requests from our employees who had had enough of working at a kitchen table. Office interactions play a pivotal role within our team and we hope that with time we will be able to work in the office in ever-larger numbers. We also want to be an example to others and set a ‘positive benchmark’ for our clients,” says Krzysztof Misiak, Head of Poland, Cushman & Wakefield.
To ensure top-level safety for employees, Cushman & Wakefield decided to implement such solutions as controlling the number of people in the office at any one time, a desk-sharing system, special protocols for office behaviour, commutes and the use of open space, kitchens and conference rooms. In accordance with the 6FO concept, signage was introduced to create separated circulation routes within the office. The number of workstations was also reduced to enable employees to maintain a safe distance. In addition, the office provides sanitizer stations and an enclosed room for any person feeling unwell. It was also agreed with the building’s owner that the ventilation system would operate three hours before the opening and three hours after the closing of the office to guarantee 100% fresh air supply.
“We spared no effort to plan every detail of our return to the office. Before we opened our office, we had discussed all the new rules with our employees very carefully. We made sure that everyone was aware of them. Health and safety of our people is our absolute priority,” says Kinga Bloch, Head of Human Resources, Cushman & Wakefield.
Cushman & Wakefield will soon relocate to The Warsaw Hub, where it will take occupancy of 2,500 sq m of office space.
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Cushman & Wakefield (NYSE: CWK) is a leading global real estate services firm that delivers exceptional value for real estate occupiers and owners. Cushman & Wakefield is among the largest real estate services firms with approximately 53,000 employees in 400 offices and 60 countries. In 2019, the firm had revenue of $8.8 billion across core services of property, facilities and project management, leasing, capital markets, valuation and other services. To learn more, visit www.cushmanwakefield.com or follow @CushWakeCE on Twitter.