Brand agency keeps business running non-stop during lockdown
What will your office look like after lockdown? That’s a question that Andrew Moss, General Manager of brand and communications agency Horizon has already answered. By putting in place a range of safety protocols, including the latest air filtration technology, he succeeded in keeping his brand and communications agency up and running during the coronavirus pandemic.
“The well-being of our employees always comes first,” says Moss. “Wherever possible we helped staff to work from home. But there are some roles in a creative business that require people to meet in person and collaborate on projects.”
Horizon designs high-end point-of-sale displays for clients that include Motorola, Sennheiser and TomTom. “We help bring global brands to the attention of bricks and mortar consumers,” says Moss. “Especially when they want people to notice a new product the moment they walk in the door. It’s the kind of work that requires energy and interaction that a video call can’t always replace.”
Putting in place first-class air‑filtrations measures isn’t just good for physical health, it helps anxious employees re-acclimatize to the office environment. Andrew Moss General Manager, Horizon
Keeping staff safe from airborne coronavirus in common spaces
To keep contact to a minimum, office employees were assigned their own workspace bubbles where they could work alone or in small, distanced groups. Moss and the Horizon team also installed disinfectant hand gel and provided face masks for employees and visitors. But he was equally concerned about the airborne transmission of coronavirus, especially in common areas, such as kitchens, where people congregate not just to eat, but to swap ideas and discuss projects.
Moss understood that airborne coronavirus transmitted via small droplets, also known as aerosols, could persist in the air for longer than on surfaces. “When people came out of their office bubbles, I wanted to ensure that the air in our kitchen was healthy and safe at all times. But most of the air filtration devices that I looked at were either too large, expensive or complicated for our set up.”
When he first met with AirLabs, Moss was immediately struck by the efficiency of its AirHavn devices. “As a designer, I was impressed by how much engineering was compressed into a unit that’s compact and portable.” This made it easy to install in a quiet corner of the Horizon kitchen. “In spite of its size, I was amazed by how quickly it filled the entire room with clean air. It’s also very quiet which is important for a space where people come to talk and listen.”
Protecting physical and mental health
The response from employees has also been positive. As Horizon, like other businesses, emerges out of lockdown it hopes to welcome all of its employees back to its Cambridge headquarters. “Our business relies on the energy and confidence of the employees,” says Moss. “Putting in place first-class air-filtrations measures isn’t just good for physical health, it helps anxious employees re-acclimatize to the office environment.”
As a designer, I was impressed by how much engineering was compressed into a unit that’s compact and portable. Andrew Moss General Manager, Horizon
Deploying the AirHavn pro also puts Horizon on the front foot when it comes to the long-term health and well-being of staff. “As well as eliminating airborne coronavirus, AirHavn removes more than 95% of air pollution. It also gives us confidence that if future pandemics occur, we are ready to protect our staff, keep the business running and remain productive.”
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