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Despite fears about the resumption of the epidemic and government injunctions for the greatest caution, from May 11, millions of employees will return to work. Unlike the cessation of activity which took place in a few days and in some cases brutally, the deconfinement is the subject of a different anticipation, but for which many uncertainties persist.

The return to the agency will undoubtedly be a small event for everyone. We will tell the main lines of days drowned in the immensity of 8 weeks spent locked up, between wonder around magnificent culinary achievements and complicated relationship maintained with physical exercise. In short, from May 11, it will be a question of finding a certain form of daily routine and for everyone, it will be a question of putting the agency's projects back on track. 

Before you can dive headlong into the administrative and legislative heaviness of your projects and competitions, which you almost ended up missing, discover our top 5 measures to take to properly prepare for deconfinement.

Here are our 5 tips to ensure the resumption of activity of your architecture agency

1. Prepare a collective feedback

This new page, which the architecture agencies of France and Navarre are preparing to write, must be written by several hands: from architects to Office Managers, including accounting and communications, everyone must contribute to recovery.

But not at any price. So as not to be caught off guard, discuss recovery scenarios with everyone and make a precise inventory of everyone's ability to get to the branch. Are some going to be blocked by childcare? Do others live with fragile people, limiting the possibilities of contact? More seriously, are some of them sick?

Take advantage of the pre-deconfinement weeks to make a precise mapping of the forces present and those in telework on May 11.

This will tell you which tasks are doable and which are not.

2. End partial unemployment

If the review of the troops is essential to properly anticipate the recovery, it is also essential to prepare for the return of the employees concerned, for the most part before the end of the three-month period for which the administration advised companies to file a request for partial activity.

 Partial activity is a right granted to companies that they can interrupt without delay. If there is a legal obligation to inform employees individually when setting up partial activity, the texts do not provide for its interruption.. » 

Philippe Rozec, labor lawyer, partner at De Pardieu Brocas Maffei

Link to government website: https://activitepartielle.emploi.gouv.fr/

3. Join the Social and Economic Committee

Compulsory for companies with more than 10 employees, the Social and Economic Committee (CSE) is the occupational risk prevention body. In this sense, it is necessarily affected by current events. Involved by nature in the "general operation of the company", ignoring the CSE can have serious consequences, as discovered by the e-commerce site Amazon, forced to close its production sites by the court of Nanterre for "non-compliance with the obligation of safety and health prevention of its employees".

Summoning its representatives upstream can save you a lot of disappointment.

You will find all the information on this link 

4. Provide sanitary measures

To those who count on May 11 to give kisses, hugs or shake hands, you may be disappointed: just like in the supermarket or in transport, the French will be forced to respect barrier gestures. Architects too.

Maintaining a distance of 1 meter at all times of the working day involves anticipating the different times that punctuate the day. At his office, can the employee respect this health requirement? How to organize the passages in the common places? What about the coffee machine?

To fight effectively against the virus, the employer must provide hydro-alcoholic gels, masks and cleaning products to the teams in order to contain the risks of internal contagion, which is far more penalizing for the company than the purchase of this equipment.

In view of the explosion in demand for these products, the current period is perfectly suited to place an order and be ready on May 11!

You can download the complete documentation on the measures to be adopted in the workplace: 

5. Think after

May Roseline Bachelot, Minister of Health in 2010 when the H1N1 flu epidemic appeared, be a witness to this: excessive preparation and anticipation cannot be a fault. Thus, it is more effective to prepare now for the next crisis (or the next stage of the current crisis) than to react with an ad hoc response even as the crisis is hitting. Many companies build scenarios to be intellectually prepared for unexpected situations. But the scenarios need to be updated and customized based on the most vital risks to the business at any time. These risks have, for example, evolved with the emergence of new epicentres of the disease. However, intellectual preparation alone is not enough. A thing can be well understood but not ready to use. Ideally, the scenarios should be reinforced by exercises in strategic creativity (business wargame) which make it possible to set up a simulation and observe behavior in a stressful situation in order to learn from it. To better deal with organizational complexity, create a "war room", a crisis room with a small dedicated team enjoying decision-making and execution power.

Bonus Tip:

Think about optimizing the management of your business. Organize yourself in order to save as much time as possible on your administrative tasks within the agency. On recovery, you will have to be as efficient as possible throughout the creation part, so review your processes, prepare yourself and use the right tools to lighten all the daunting tasks!