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The modern office and Polish health and safety regs: How to square the realities of today's activity-based workplace with the legal requirements?

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Poland's health and safety at work regulations date back to 1998 and offices full of old-style computers with boxy cathode-ray monitors.

Today's employers, competing for skilled staff, are redesigning their workspaces to suit today's technologies and the demands of a new generation of employees. The traditional office is being replaced by activity-based workplaces, with hot-desking, shared spaces, team desks, conference spaces, phone areas, quiet rooms, brainstorming areas and a cafe/lounge. There can be seated or standing workspaces. Today's office, with spaces for collaboration, socialising, focusing or learning, is far removed from what the regulator had in mind two decades ago.

On July 18th, in a modern Colliers office in Silver Tower, Wrocław, a joint meeting of of the Real Estate & Construction and HR policy groups was held, the aim of which was to consider how employers can fit out their new offices in accordance with the law, while also considering how regulations should be changed to reflect the realities of today's work place environment.

At the beginning Sylwia Pędzińska, Senior Partner at Colliers International, presented modern office spaces and how they are used, discussed flexible work methods and answered the question whether and how the provisions of labor law and OHS respond to contemporary trends in office and work design. Then Anna Król from Hays Polska presented trends in the workplace that affect the recruitment and retention of employees, while Maciej Zdrodowski, the Chief Specialist for Ergonomics at Medicover, spoke about ergonomics and health and how job design affects the well-being of employees. The meeting was closed by Aleksandra Krawsz-Kubica from Kinnarps Polska, who showed projects and visualizations of offices of the future and how to equip the office so that today's employees would like to work there.

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