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Associations prep offices for partial staff return, continued teleworking

Going back to the office will likely be optional at first, as groups encourage distancing


May 8, 2020
By Kathryn Walson

One-way hallways. Higher partitions between desks. Mandatory masks. More rigorous cleaning, including frequent wipe-downs of coffee makers and fogging entire floors with disinfectant.

As some state governors start to lift stay-at-home orders, many associations are deep in the planning process for how to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in their own offices, including conference rooms, hallways, restrooms and kitchens. At the same time, several groups told CEO Update they are in no hurry to return to what work was like before the pandemic, and it will be at least June before some association staff are allowed to go back, possibly in volunteer-only phases.

For the most part, these associations say, teleworking is working.