- How often do you go inside buildings?
- Do you think technology can keep us safe? Why or why not?
- policy /POL-uh-see/
- conform /kuhn-FAWRM/
- arrangement /uh-REYNJ-muhnt/
- device /dih-VAHYS/
- interfere /in-ter-FEER/
[noun] a set of ideas or a plan of what to do in particular situations that has been agreed to officially by a group of people
When will the new no-smoking policy be implemented?
[verb] to obey a rule or reach the necessary stated standard
All employees are expected to conform to the company’s rules.
[noun] a group of objects that have been put in a particular order or position
The flower arrangement Hana gave me was beautiful.
[noun] an object or machine that has been invented for a particular purpose
Richard’s hobby is collecting electronic devices.
[verb] if something or someone interferes with a situation or a process, it spoils it or prevents its progress
Professionals should not let their personal issues interfere with their work.
A building in Amsterdam responds with the use of technology. The building intends to have its offices conform to the existing rules and regulations during the pandemic, as well as the reality of working with a deadly disease. Coen van Oostrom, founder of the real-estate firm that established the building, says that a few changes may occur immediately in response to the employees’ concerns.
Prior to the virus outbreak, the building already provided its workers with a phone app that determines the temperature and even air quality of the office. Oostrom thinks that employees will most probably pay more attention to the app now since the virus is highly contagious. Offices will also change their seating arrangements to practice social distancing, although this method won’t always work for all employers.
Recording human temperature is one of the most famous ways as well to check who’s infected by the virus. Ezra Merill, vice president of the thermal technology company, tested its thermal camera at a U.S. factory. The device received mixed reactions from the workers; some were happy to try the camera while others worried for their privacy. Merill acknowledged the feedback and privacy issues it could bring.
Oostrom considers offices as “social beehives” where employees do their jobs altogether and socialize at the same time. But Lawyer Ravi Naik claims that using advanced technology may interfere with how an employee works, while a British bank chief executive says that working from home is perfectly fine during the pandemic. However, Oostrom disagrees and says that making offices fun to work in is “more important than ever”, so using technology will surely help the workers enjoy doing their jobs in a safe environment.
- Who is the founder of the real-estate company that constructed the mentioned building in Amsterdam?
- In the article, what does the building have before the virus outbreak and what does it do?
- Where did Ezra Merill test his thermal camera?
- Based on the article, what are the offices required to do despite the tentative return-to-work policy?
- What did a British bank chief executive say about the building’s use of technology?
- Do you agree that working from home is perfect during a pandemic? Please explain your answer.
- What is your opinion about using thermal cameras in a building?
- What do you think are the differences between working from home and in the office?
- In your opinion, how can we say that a building is safe for the people?
- What do you think is the safest way to avoid getting infected while inside a building?