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JLL partners with SGS to certify healthy and safe workspaces

Research from JLL shows employees want to go back to offices

JLL has partnered with inspection, verification, testing and certification firm SGS to provide clean and healthier workplaces. The collaboration aims to provide clients with the opportunity to verify cleaning procedures and protocols, giving their tenants and employees peace of mind.

The impact of COVID-19 is reshaping how the world thinks about work, with health and safety being the highest priorities as organisations welcome back employees, tenants and visitors, the statement noted.

It added that data shows that employees want to be back in the office, with JLL’s recent survey revealing that 58% of distant workers have missed the office. The impact is said to be even higher on millennials, with 64% of them missing the office a lot. However, it’s also clear that for occupiers and owners to re-open their workplaces successfully, they need to assure employees and tenants that their space is clean and safe, the statement explained.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has rapidly shifted the hierarchy of needs for employers and employees, putting a greater emphasis on health and safety basics. Open communication with employees during this time is critical and communicating the cleanliness of a space in real time is a powerful tool. This collaboration with SGS will give our clients around the world the opportunity to confirm that their spaces are clean and provide a cornerstone for healthier buildings and people,” remarked JLL global chief product officer (Corporate Solutions) Cynthia Kantor.

She added, “Open communication with employees during this time is critical and communicating the cleanliness of a space in real time is a powerful tool. This collaboration with SGS will give our clients around the world the opportunity to confirm that their spaces are clean and provide a cornerstone for healthier buildings and people.”

Clients can have their cleaning protocols independently inspected and verified by SGS, through either a remote or an in-person inspection, accompanied by a series of on-site Adenosine Triphosphate tests to evaluate the efficacy of cleaning practices, the statement from JLL said.

A successful in-person inspection performed by SGS experts will result in the awarding of an SGS Approval Mark with a unique QR code, which signifies the space has been verified as having undergone approved cleaning procedures on a specific date, the statement noted.

SGS VP (Environment, Health and Safety Executive) Peter Possemiers added, “Every company has the responsibility to ensure that employees and visiting customers are safe. We are proud to provide solutions, together with JLL, that help maintain a secure workplace and promise customers reliability.”

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