The coronavirus pandemic has certainly changed the economic and social landscape permanently. We may never know the full extent of these effects until years down the road. It has become clear that the situation will be ongoing; life must go on in spite of it. While many companies are switching to a full time work from home model, this isn’t possible for every business.
If you are in one of these industries, then the prospect of returning to work can be daunting. Thankfully, there are several preparations you and your employees can take to return to work as safely as possible.
When it comes time to step back into the office, feeling confident in your preparations can take away much of the worry that you may be experiencing. While nothing may take away all your worries, we can certainly take steps to improve our defenses.
If possible, as an employer, have your office and work spaces professionally sanitized before employees return. This includes all desks, offices, and shared spaces. Similarly, make sure that each employee’s space is well stocked with sanitizing products such as wipes, hand sanitizer, and even extra clean masks.
When or if it is possible, try to stagger employees schedules or workspace. If you have an “open floor plan” office, then you may want to ensure that barriers or extra space exists between people.
On top of this, many of the current state mandates require people to maintain social distancing standards and wear masks even in the work space. It’s important for your employee’s health to ensure that all state mandates and company policies are followed.
Obviously, following the rules and policies is the number one thing you can do to keep yourself and your coworkers safe. Without these procedures in place, the risk of infection increases drastically.