Since the initial COVID-19 outbreak began back in January, a lot has changed. Many of us are no longer working in our usual work environment. Instead, there are many of us left either unemployed or trying to figure things out as we adjust to working from home. Working from home is not ideal for everyone. While for some, it has helped to increase their motivation and creativity, for others it has had a negative impact on their professional performance.
How to protect your employees and ensure office safety?
Many employers have decided to return their staff to the office. And so, it is your job as an employer to secure your employees’ safety. This is an important process that will allow your company to go back to normal while staying healthy. Keep in mind that if your employees do not feel safe enough to return, they have the right to refuse work.
It is in everyone’s interest to get the best out of the situation that we are facing. One of the very first steps would be to identify high-risk areas in your company. Such an example would be a cafeteria or an over-crowded office. A good idea would be to reduce the number of employees that are present at your company at the same time. This does not necessarily mean that you would need to terminate anyone’s position. It simply means that you would take the time to create schedules that allow part of your employees to work from their homes, while others come to the office.
Those who still come to the office every day must remain at a 2-meter distance from each other. This would require rearranging the offices, cafeterias, and other common areas. A good tip for office safety is to use a plexiglass barrier to separate the desks from each other. This is an especially important measure for areas in which the 2-meter-distance rule cannot be followed.
Since the outbreak, we have learned a lot more about the importance of maintaining personal hygiene. With your employees spending anywhere from 4 to 8 hours or more at the office, it is up to you as an employer to ensure office safety by implementing a cleaning protocol. Any surfaces in each common room would need to be properly cleaned. Securing enough face masks, hand sanitizer, hand soap, and paper towels in the bathroom is a must.
If any employee shows symptoms of COVID-19 in the last ten days, they must self-isolate. If possible and upon agreement, they can continue working from home if they desire. This is entirely up to the employee. As an employer, you need to develop a plan in case one of your employees tests positive for COVID-19. You also need to be aware of any traveling that your employees have done in the last 14 days and conduct testing for COVID-19 to ensure everyone’s safety.
We are hoping that with these tips, you will be able to ensure office safety. Plexiglass barriers, face masks, and maintaining a 2-meter-distance is a must, and we need to learn how to work and function in these new conditions that we are living in.