For any business, keeping your employees safe and healthy in this new world should be the number one priority. For many, this means allowing staff to work from home to help them feel more comfortable. However, for many businesses, this simply isn’t a feasible long-term solution, and getting employees safely back into the office is a problem you need to solve. Luckily, there are several actions you can take to keep your offices as covid-safe as possible. These solutions protect against viral transmission of any sort, even the common cold, and once you implement them you’ll be wondering why you didn’t do this before.
Institute Clear Rules
The worst way to help employees feel safe is to create an atmosphere of uncertainty. If people don’t quite know what they’re meant to do, or how they’re meant to act, it can lead to damaged morale alongside unsafe practices. As your employees return, ensure they are given clear, simple instructions to follow. Whether it’s a one-way system around the office, no gathering at the water cooler, or using the kitchen one at a time and disinfecting after themselves, these rules should be clearly stated and signposted around the office as a reminder. Changing long-term habits is hard, and you want to make it as easy as possible for your employees to adjust to these new parameters.
Provide Protective Items
It may constitute a small expenditure, but providing anti-virus items within the office will help your employees know that you care about them, as well as preventing the spread of any virus. These could include a bottle of Vitalpure hand sanitizer at each desk, providing disposable gloves for the kitchen, masks for employees to wear around the office, strategically-placed anti-bacterial sprays for employees to use. The plentiful provision of these items will make cleanliness and safety feel more convenient for your staff, leading to better practices.
Deep and Regular Cleaning
Before anyone returns to the office, invest in a cleaning service to give it a thorough clean. Many services now offer special anti-viral options that include spraying the air to disinfect the entire office, alongside deep-cleaning every nook and cranny. Once this is accomplished, it’s worth booking a regular service (if you don’t have one already) to clean the office at least every week, if not every night. Again, the expenditure will be well worth it, as you keep the company morale high and avoid the risk of office closure due to any infections.
Reorganize the Space
Finally, you will need to reevaluate your office layout and reorganize it to accommodate new safety measures. Ideally, employees should be seated 6 feet apart at the least. Even if this isn’t possible, see if there are ways you can move desks to create the greatest personal space you can. If you have desks facing each other, this will also need to change, as it greatly increases the risk of transition. Changes such as these may be tricky at first for your employees to get used to, but they are a vital part of creating a safe and healthy environment for you to work in.