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How COVID-19 pandemic has changed office spaces

In addition to missing out on socializing with coworkers, there have been major changes within their new office space, where they moved during the pandemic.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Local law office shares new safety guidelines to keep employees, clients safe amid the pandemic.

Geoffrey Kunkler, with Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP, normally works in the law office.

But lately, like most of the 75 employees, he's been working from home and missing out on any social activities.

"Last year we had a corn hole tournament, chili cook-off all kinds of activities that require you to be close to each other and we can't do any of that," Kunkler said.

In addition to missing out on socializing with coworkers, there have been major changes within their new office space, where they moved during the pandemic.

They made changes from making a one-way path through the office to desks 6 feet apart, to mandatory face coverings and restrictions for clients, like in-person meetings.

"Unless you have to come to the office and sit face to face with me, to get something witnessed or notarized. We won't let you come to the office for our own safety and the safety of others. We're telling you we have to do that over a video conference or phone," he said.

Kunkler says they're closely watching the latest safety guidelines from the governor and making changes accordingly.

"The absolute worst-case scenario would be if we spread this to someone and that would be our responsibility. Or if it gets in our office and we had to shut down. We have certain aspects that like accounting that have to be done in the building. So if we had to shut down it would be catastrophic," he explains.

While everyone is getting used to the new safety procedures in the office, his staff is trying to find some normalcy by finding creative ways to interact and be productive in person.

"We still need to work together on projects, we have people with different skill sets but it is hard not to see each other so we're trying to push to more outdoor safe activities, so we can see each other's faces so we don't have to do everything by zoom like you and I are doing today," Kunkler said.