The planning of the right distance

physical distancing Office Design

To efficiently implement the return to the office, existing office structures need to be analysed and adapted. The right harmony between distance and proximity influences the planning. In the short and long term, individual solutions are needed to make offices safe places for employees and customers, which reflect the needs for concentration & reflection, collaboration & interaction and communication & image even in challenging times.

In addition to the familiar behavioral adjustments such as wearing masks, the regular disinfection of hands, and increased ventilation, physical distancing is also necessary. In offices, this must be implemented in addition to the optimisation of work processes, through appropriate routing, space planning and furniture used.

The implementation should be preceded by a precise analysis of the organisation, its routines and needs and reflect on the following food for thought that underlies the design.

In the long term, planning and spatial concepts must be questioned from scratch. The decentralisation of work, reinforced by home office models, reaches a new level and long-term focus is set in the office structure. Accordingly, new spatial concepts should be considered at an early stage, which clearly emphasise the interaction between people.


The home office has gained a permanent place in the office space in the past few weeks and will continue to be a potential retreat for focussed work in the future. In offices, physical distancing is currently implemented through the reduction of desk space and chairs, with additional shielding measures by
way of panels and partitions.

It is still important to pay particular attention to the axi s of sight, and not to create cells or completely isolated pens, as this would be counterproductive in terms of cooperation and personal exchange.

Distance can not only be created spatially, but also temporarily. Hybrid schedules in the form of shift models and changing teams in the home office make a contribution here, if there is insufficient space. Desk sharing and changes of work place only make sense in connection with appropriate cleaning measures, and should be reduced.


Collaboration areas are also equalised. Workbenches, project and meeting areas can now be used in parallel by significantly fewer employees while maintaining the required safe distances.

The furniture in these areas should be more airy and flexible. Anchor points, in the form of flexible office furniture, provide the necessary spacing when placed in collaboration areas.

The room configuration can be flexibly adjusted depending on the number of participants. Where necessary, additional shielding can 
be achieved with mobile partitions.


The exchange with external visitors, customers and network partners must also be redesigned during the pandemic. Disinfection dispensers positioned at entrances and in highly frequented areas, a guest register for possible follow-up of infection chains, as well as the implementation of appropriate cleaning routines are now part of our everyday office life.

In lounges and meeting areas, the focus is on generous room design with lots of free space. Shielding measures, especially in central areas such as lobbies and reception areas, are becoming standard.


Bene offers a variety of solutions that can be tailored to the needs of each individual. In the PHYSICAL DISTANCING product folder you will find an overview of the many options, download now: