Missed your workspace? Or do you miss the banter and discussions with coworkers and friends? Here are some things you can look forward to when you head back to the office.
We missed our friendly baristas, lunch spots and mostly, our banter and laughs with teammates.
Working from home can be productive, efficient and fuss-free but it also takes away the opportunities for impromptu discussions and exchange of ideas for projects we're working on.
Prior to COVID-19, CapitaLand has been piloting contactless and building tech, reviewing and conducting building drills with our tenants to handle pandemics. In the last few months, our colleagues have been busy at work preparing your workspaces for your return.
Here is a sneak preview of what you can expect when you head back to the office; and the shifts in workspaces in the years to come.
1. Advance check-in
Ladies and gentlemen, the departure gates will be closing in...
Nope, this is not a flight or hotel check-in. With vacations out of the window for now, your advance check-in will be for the office.
For tenants at CapitaLand properties, they can utilise the new CapitaStar@Work features for staff and visitor contact tracing within their premises.
Companies can pre-check-in employees up to 5 days in advance. This allows tenants to monitor the number of employees expected at the office and gauge the staff load.
The updated CapitaStar@Work app will also tenants to conduct health and wellness surveys tailored for their staff.
When you arrive at the building, facial recognition or QR activated turnstiles will greet you and your visitors.
Contactless tech will reduce touch points, ensuring hygiene and enhancing safety.
Besides facial recognition activated turnstiles, CapitaSpringin Raffles Place will also have a Destination Control System which activates and assigns a specific lift to you, bringing you right up to your designated floor while managing passenger load in the lifts.
Do not be surprised when you spot robots or sensors too, these innovations will also further cut down contact points at the upcoming skyscraper.
3. Stepped up cleaning & precautionary measures
Clean, sanitise, disinfect.
At our business parks and offices across Singapore, we've implemented thorough cleaning and disinfection procedures.
Common areas such as washrooms, escalators and other high-contact surface areas will have increased sanitisation frequency and expect to see sanitiser dispensers at entrances and lobby lift landings. In line with guidance from the authorities, temperature screening of all visitors and employees at the point of entry will continue.
Behind the scenes, air-conditioning systems, cooling towers, water tanks and pipes will also undergo regular purging and flushing to ensure good air and water quality.
An anti-microbial coating will also be applied at the high contact points such as lift buttons, door handles at building entrances and toilet doors of all CapitaLand business park and office properties.
At selected CapitaLand properties, various disinfection technology and systems are currently on trial:
At Capital Tower and Galaxis, an automated Ultra UV handrail disinfection device is being tested. Built into the system to prevent users from being exposed to the UV light, the device continuously disinfects the handrail when the escalator is in use.
An air decontamination system is being piloted in lift cars to eliminate air-borne and surface microorganisms such as virus and bacteria.
Air Handling Units at selected properties are also fitted with UV lamp systems to eliminate microorganisms and purify the air entering the office premises.
At CapitaGreen's concierge and tenant service centre, protective acrylic screens have been installed at to safeguard visitors and staff during face-to-face interactions.
Manual water taps at some property common areas have also been replaced with sensor operated taps.
Tenants can provide their feedback on these innovations via CapitaStar@Work and your comments will be taken into consideration before these solutions are introduced more widely.
When you're at your workspaces, remember to keep your masks on at all times. Keep your desks clean and plan your meal times in advance so you can avoid the crowds.
4. Open, green spaces
Designed by award-winning Bjarke Ingels, in collaboration with Carlo Ratti Associati - CapitaSpring is a prototype of the modern future workspace.
Set to reach 280 metres high, it will be among the tallest developments in Raffles Place when completed in 2021. The 51-storey skyscraper will also feature a 4-storey botanical promenade - Green Oasis - an open social space with meeting facilities, work pods, fitness corners, yoga deck, amphitheatre and a garden café.
The rooftop will also house Singapore's highest urban farm and a sky restaurant with sweeping views of the city.
At the newly completed 79 Robinson Road, the Sky Terrace on Level 21 is where executives can go to enjoy the coastal views or take part in community events organised by Bridge+. They can also access the building’s roof garden to enjoy stunning views of the CBD and even book the space to host exclusive events.
5. Vertical communities and flex spaces
In the near future, offices will no longer be set within single-use buildings. With tech allowing us to work, live and play on-the-move, our design and use of spaces will also evolve.
At CapitaSpring, the vertical community will be home to office workers, business travellers at the Citadines serviced residence, shoppers at the ancillary retail spaces and even foodies at the popular Market Street Food Centre.
Besides an integration of mixed-use spaces, offices will also see the integration of more flex spaces.
With COVID-19, companies now need to consider business continuity plans or safe distancing requirements and this means the need for alternative sites for staff to work from.
At Capital Tower in Tanjong Pagar, its Level 9 flexible event space has been transformed into a temporary workspace for companies to lease on a short-term basis. Companies under split team arrangements may rent these flex spaces at competitive prices with no minimum contract.
They can also choose from CapitaLand’s suite of flexible workplace solutions provided by Bridge+ and The Workshop, or through its partners CoSpace Park and The Work Project located in the CBD, fringe CBD and the western region of Singapore.
It has been a long while since we last saw you in our offices and business parks and we hope you've been keeping well, staying motivated while working from home!
When we meet again, we will be wearing a smile (beneath our masks) and do keep an eye out for our friendly colleagues like Ali and James.