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Masked colleagues work side by side.

A 'typical business day' will look very different when workers return to offices.

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A day in the life of Salesforce workers will look very different when they return to the software company's offices.

The San Francisco–based business says all of its 49,000 employees can continue working from home for the rest of the year. But as regions relax stay-at-home rules and the company reopens in phases, employees who are cleared to return will start their day by logging online for a daily wellness check.

They'll be asked things like whether they're experiencing any potential symptoms of covid-19 or have been in contact with anyone infected. If they're cleared, the app will assign them a 30-minute window arrival time, designed to avoid employee bottlenecks at the elevator banks.

"We realized almost right away there was a choke point, and that was the elevator," says Elizabeth Pinkham, head of global real estate at Salesforce. Staggering arrival times for the company's employees, who number more than 8,000 in San Francisco alone, was "the only way we'd be able to manage this giant Jenga puzzle."

Employees will have to wear masks as they enter the building, take their temperature at a touchless kiosk, and swipe an ID badge that grants them access to floors and elevators. It will also note where they set foot, and by extension whom they may have interacted with, in case they do later turn out to have Covid-19.

 

From MIT Technology Review
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