Upflex Launches Safe Spaces to Help Coworking Businesses After Covid-19
Upflex, a company based in New York, NY, has announced that they have launched Safe Spaces™, a coworking industry program with the goal of helping coworking providers of all sizes ramp up their operations once the Covid-19 lockdowns and restrictions have been lifted. This is a global program led by Upflex and designed to ultimately help local communities of workers have access to workspaces that are taking the necessary precautions for health and safety. In this program, business centers, coworking spaces, and other workspaces can become a Safe Spaces™ approved partner and thus assist local communities of workers find an alternative and safe space to work. More about this program can be gleaned from https://upflex.com/safe-spaces-partner/.
Christophe Garnier, CEO of Upflex, says, “In these difficult times, only solidarity and teamwork will heal our communities. When lockdowns are lifted the priority will be for everyone to work in a safe environment. Given the goals of our Safe Spaces program, the power of our collective network of workspaces can have a tremendous impact and help millions of workers re-enter the workplace safely.”
Upflex is the leading provider of flexible workspace accessible on-demand anytime and anywhere in the world. Their mission is to allow companies to be more flexible and use this as a competitive advantage while motivating and inspiring their workers. For employers, they offer real-time analytics to optimize flexibility, productivity, and engagement of their employees through Upflex’s backend platform. For employees, they provide a worldwide network of curated workspaces to work flexibly anytime and anywhere close to their home or while traveling, attending events, and meeting like-minded professionals through the Upflex app.
In the Safe Spaces™ coworking industry program, those who own a working space can become an approved partner and help workers in their local communities find an alternative place of work. Owners of workspaces can join the program for free but they must agree to abide by the guidelines with regards to health, sanitation, and proper social distancing.
Social distancing guidelines for the program means avoiding unnecessary close contact to help in preventing the spread of the virus. Also, the physical space between people should be at least two meters or approximately six feet.
The guidelines for Safe Spaces™ also include those for cleaning and disinfecting. Cleaning can get rid of germs and minimize the risk of spreading the virus. Disinfectants may also be used to kill germs on clean surfaces. And it is also advisable to open windows and doors to boost air circulation. Parts of the workspace that need to cleaned and disinfected at least twice a day include: doorknobs and door push plates; handrails and buttons on elevators; desks and chairs and all tables; bathroom faucet handles, paper towel dispenser handles, hand dryer buttons, and toilet flush handles; kitchen faucets, refrigerator handles, coffee pot handles and buttons, and microwave and toaster buttons; light switches; and handles and buttons on all equipment.
Members of these workspaces will also need to comply with personal hygiene guidelines. They should be provided with paper towels, tissues, alcohol-based hand sanitizer, disinfectant wipes, and hand soap at all sinks. Additional hand sanitizing stations should also be installed in high traffic areas in various parts of the workspace. Members should avoid touching their nose, eyes, and mouth with unwashed hands. Signs should be posted to educate and remind members on proper handwashing techniques. Washing of hands should be with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds. And handwashing should be done before eating; after coughing, sneezing, or nose blowing; after using the toilet; before handling food; and after using shared equipment, such as keyboards. Hygiene and safety training should also be provided for all workers.
For beverages, the guideline is to provide paper cups for water, tea, and coffee. For food, only pre-wrapped food items should be allowed in the workspaces. And if there is a confirmed case of Covid19 in a particular workspace, or members or that workspace have been exposed to a confirmed case, Upflex should be informed immediately so that a full cleaning and disinfection of the workspace can be performed.
Those who are interested in the Safe Spaces™ program may want to check out the Upflex website at https://upflex.com/, or contact them on the phone or through email.
For more information about Upflex, contact the company here:
833 Broadway, New York, NY 10003