Are you equipped and ready for The Great Return?

Colliers REview Singapore blog - REMS are you ready for the great return to workplace after coronavirus checklist

As we transition into the safe re-opening of Singapore, it is important for buildings to have safe management measures in place and be ready for the new normal.

As Singapore continues its transition into the nation's safe re-opening, it is important to facilitate operation normalcy and get ready for the gradual resumption of activities.

For landlords, this means getting their buildings ready for returning tenants; for building occupiers, this means facilitating a new normal of operations among team members.

There are a few key areas to focus on, namely health and safety, daily operations, digitalisation of processes, and maintaining engagement experience via alternative platforms. 

Our Real Estate and Management Services (REMS) experts have put together a checklist to ensure both landlords and occupiers cover some of these essentials for a seamless and safe return.


Health and Safety

For management office staff, vendors partners, contractors, visitors and residents: 

  • Temperature taking
  • Contact-tracing capabilities
  • Wearing of masks 
  • Hand washing and sanitisation facilities
  • Social distancing
  • Personal protection equipment (PPE), if possible


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Ensure the availability of sanitisation facilities and implement sanitisation procedures

Daily Operations
  • Separate / remote work team or shifts 
  • Reconfiguring workspace (in office buildings)
  • Re-planned work schedules for vendor partners, to minimise close contact
  • Sanitation procedures and availability of cleaning agents
  • Identifying high-touch points / surfaces, e.g. switches, buttons, etc
  • Isolation room or space for suspect cases, followed by sanitisation procedures

Digitalisation of Processes
  • Electronic banking (e-banking) or other forms of contactless payment methods for transactions
  • Electronic communication with building owners and occupiers for updates
  • Self-help portal for building owners and occupiers, for submission of applications, payments, etc
  • E-payments for vendors
  • SMART building technologies to reduce touch points

Maintaining Engagement Experience via Alternative Platforms
  • Meetings via teleconferencing
  • Allowing remote work for appropriate tasks and functions


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Digitalise operational processes such as contactless payments


Click here to download a printable version of the checklist.

Check in with our Colliers' REMS experts today to ensure your building is equipped and ready for the great return after COVID-19.

Editor's note: This blog post was originally published in May 2020 and has been updated for relevance.


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