While social distancing screens were first introduced to fight against Coronavirus, they are also helpful tools for preventing the spread of other seasonal illnesses such as the common cold, flu, Norovirus etc. These ‘bugs’ can lay waste to offices, spreading like wildfire through a workforce and therefore dropping productivity rates very quickly. Maintaining a comprehensive system of sneeze screens and Covid screens for desks is a great way to keep your employees healthy and protected from more than just Coronavirus.
How you set up your social distancing screens for offices is just as important. For more tips, our blog How To: Partition an Office After COVID-19 is full of helpful information.
What are the types of social distancing screens?
There is a wide variety of different office social distancing screens available, which one you choose depends on the requirements of your work environment:
Installing Perspex® acrylic or glass desk divider screens is one of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to introduce social distancing partitions to your workplace in a non-obtrusive way. Clipping to a desktop to form a barrier between employees, these desk panels help to prevent transmission by trapping the infectious droplets rather than letting them spread around the room. The transparent finish of the acrylic enables employees to continue to communicate effectively, maintaining a friendly and productive atmosphere.
Some of the most high-risk areas in terms of spreading illness are areas where interaction with members of the public occur, such as reception desks. Choosing an appropriate reception counter screen is essential to protect your customer-facing employees. We have options to suit all different kinds of counters and reception desks, including folding screens, stable dividers or fixed, curved glass screens. Counter reception screens are also available with cut-out transaction hatches for payments, information/document exchange and easy communication.
Dividing up the space in your office into smaller areas for individual teams or groups can be a key tool for minimising contact and therefore virus transmission. Freestanding screens are a great way to create pop-up meeting rooms or workspaces within a larger, open-plan office, as they can be connected together using the linking strips included. The wipe-clean surfaces of the Perspex or glass panels mean they can be easily sanitised on a regular basis to prevent the build-up of infectious particles and help keep your office clean, safe and hygienic.
Investing in a series of mobile dividers on wheels offers you the maximum value for money as these kinds of partitions are a truly flexible social distancing screen solution. The lockable castor wheels attached to their base frame mean that these screens can easily be moved around your workplace and locked into place wherever you need them. They can be used to divide up ‘zones’ in offices, create temporary meeting spaces, or sit between employees for additional protection.
Is your office short on desk space? If so, choosing a hanging social distancing divider is a clever alternative. These lightweight panels hang from the ceiling in place of a fixed desk divider or reception counter screen. If you already have fabric office partitions, these panels can be fixed over them for a cost-effective upgrade to a more hygienic workspace.
For more information about social distancing screens for offices, you can check out our Complete Guide To Social Distancing Screens, or browse our full collections here. Our expert team is always on hand for assistance, too, you can reach us via our Contact Us page or on 01234 676767.