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When Offices Reopen, Will Employees Still Work Remote?

May 4, 2020 Media Mentions
WGBH

As non-essential businesses prepare to reopen, WGBH speaks with local professionals, including Verrill attorney James Roosevelt, Jr., about what to expect. The article covers topics such as whether or not workers will return to the office, conference room limits, the future of shared workspaces, and "touchless" buildings, converting things like doors and trashcans to be operated without touching them with your hands. With the elevator high on the priority list for many building managers and businesses, Jim explains, "You can't really socially distance more than a couple of people in an elevator. I’m not even sure you can do a couple in most elevators; in some elevators you’ve gotta do one. Even before they get in the elevator, there is the question of, ‘is it safe to have lots of people touching the elevator buttons?'" How this particular issue will be handled will be seen in the coming weeks, whether some opt for a security guard to limit passengers and enforce policies, such as mask wearing, or others hand out wands for pushing buttons.

Read the full article or stream the audio clip, "Even After Your Office Reopens, You May Not Be Going Back."

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