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Salesforce’s Coronavirus Office Reopening Plan: Separated, Masked Workers and More Cleaning

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Source: The San Francisco Chronicle

As the Bay Area gradually loosens stay-at-home orders, Salesforce, San Francisco’s largest private employer, is getting ready for a new coronavirus reality.

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“We’ve been somewhat shocked by how seamless the transition has been to working from home," said Olin McKenzie, a director at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill, a global architecture firm.

At the same time, architects believe the office is not obsolete. It’s a “social engine” that allows workers to collaborate more effectively than just being online, said Julia Murphy, a director at SOM.

“We believe ever more passionately in the collaborative and social aspect of the office,” she said.

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