Perceptions have shifted during COVID-19 as many people have become nervous about germs and touching things other people have come into contact with. It’s a common thought that the less you touch, the better.
This creates a new challenge for those in the workplace and has required many companies and organizations to focus on implementing a “touchless office”. Touchless office technology can help to ease some worry, and keep workspaces smarter and safer.
While touchless technology is not new, it is a growing trend, and you’ll likely see more and more products that come out with touchless features. Read on to see some ways that you can implement touchless features into your workspace now.
Consider the office touchpoints that many people come in contact with on any given day: copiers, shredders, light switches, doors and even the coffee pot! Any device that requires human touch to operate is now considered a potential COVID-19 point.
What can you do to make more of these options touchless?
Fortunately, office technology already exists to help eliminate many physical touch points and we can show you how easy it is to incorporate more options. This includes the highly touched door handle. Automatic doors can eliminate the need for touch.
Biometric Access Control Systems
Biometric Access Control Systems eliminate the need for touching an access panel to enter your business or organization – it basically records biological data from visitors. Total Office carries a product called OneScreen GoSafe. Customers can safely come back in through a body temperature & facial recognition scanner. This trending technology is the only scanner with live video assistance for real time entry approval.
Smart-Phone Based Solutions
There is a growing trend of smartphone-based solutions that minimize touch with functions such as office temperature control, and operation of the elevator, and vending machine. You can even order a coffee using one! Technology erases the need for numerous employees to touch many commonly used surfaces. Shredders, copiers and printers can also be touchless. Voice search and voice command technology are also becoming more common for different tasks around the office.
Automatic Office Options
Automatic lights, motion sensors, and automatic blinds are smart and efficient ways to eliminate further touchpoints. Plus, these items can save on electricity bills.
Automatic soap and sanitizer dispensers along with the proper products to go in them, are essential for the office. Automatic touchless water faucets and automatic paper towel dispensers can help eliminate germy touchpoints in the restroom. Motion-detection lights can reduce energy and costs. Garbage cans that have motion sensors or foot activated ones can also cut back on touch. Total Office also has eco-friendly hand dryers that cut down on paper waste.
Touchless Office Furniture
When it comes to communal spaces, consider implementing office furniture that makes it possible for people to navigate shared spaces with hardly a touch. Improving circulation patterns and reconfiguring furniture can also create more space which can change the density patterns.
Open storage options eliminate the need to touch tops, cabinet or drawer handles. This option would include open shelves which also allows for easier cleaning. See Keeping The Office Clean and Safe During COVID-19 for more details on properly cleaning and sanitizing.
Along with touchless office options it is important to consider adding air purifiers into your design to help clean the air and to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other germs.
While COVID-19 has made touchless technology all about hygiene and safety, it doesn’t stop there. A touchless office shows that your business is modern and forward-thinking.