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Do Return-to-Work Investments Now Look Wasteful As We Return-to-Remote?

We may not have realized it at the time but the summer months were a break from COVID-19. After severe restrictions and lockdowns in the northern hemisphere’s Spring, regulations eased in June, July, and August, relative to the months before. Politicians announced return-to-work strategies, presenting strict rules for companies to enforce in their buildings. Desperate to resume their normal operating capacity, many employers invested heavily in social distancing design, materials, signage, and training. However, before we felt a true end to the first wave of COVID-19 cases, a second wave has emerged that renders return-to-work strategies and investments obsolete, with no certainty that they will apply to post-second wave policies. In September and October, as temperatures dropped and regions entered their typical flu season, COVID-19 cases rose like a slow wave that descended from north to south across Europe. While in the US, a distinct lack of strong and consistent regulation has lead to a […]

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