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Impact on Office Space Due to Pandemic Here to Stay


“New normal” is one of those phrases used to describe our world post-COVID-19 pandemic. While the phrase tends to be overused and cliche, it rings true for many facility managers.

According to 75 percent of FMs who responded to a recent survey, the impact of the pandemic on the profession is here to stay. A report released by Honeywell indicated that three-fourths of FMs interviewed for the “Rethinking Buildings Post-COVID-19” study say the pandemic prompted them to rethink how their facilities should operate moving forward.

Some form of social distancing, enhanced cleaning, and a newfound commitment to improving indoor air quality (IAQ) are three areas that FMs anticipate that pandemic-era policies will continue going forward.

The pandemic is also driving FMs to prioritize improving IAQ (62% of respondents said they’d invest more in IAQ post-pandemic) and contactless access to buildings (56%).

Other results from the poll included:

  • 22% of respondents mention pandemic-related issues as their top concern
  • 62% consider having a healthy building a top priority 
  • 54% saw a rise in remote facility management procedures
  • 67% say they are more willing to invest in smart building solutions post-pandemic.

Dave Lubach is managing editor, Facility Market. 

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