Interview with Rachel Gutter: Positive Effects Of COVID-19 On The Workplace

Bob Fox chats with competition juror, and President of the International WELL Building Institute (IWBI), Rachel Gutter about the positive changes that COVID-19 will create for our industry. 

Bob and Rachel sit down to discuss her unique position in health and wellness and the built environment and what she thinks will change post-pandemic. Rachel is advocating for the design community to distinguish between the interventions that are relevant only for an short period and those that will have long-lasting value to our operations, management and design. She believes that once the threat of COVID-19 is eliminated, we will of course need to have better preparedness measures, but we won’t need to ban things like open office plans or handshakes and hugs.

While Rachel feels many parts of life will return to normal soon, there are some changes that will come out of this chapter of history that should be permanent. Rachel hopes that participants in WDM’s Next Work Environment Competition can focus on positive changes for the future.

To learn more about the International WELL Building Institute’s strategies for support in the fight against COVID-19, check out their report here!

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