By | Rayanne Morriss
Two years after Covid-19 hit most of the world’s population, survivors are just starting to return to work. Many places that were forced to shut down because they couldn’t get a steady supply of staff and volunteers are beginning to re-open. After the World Health Organization gave the green light to offices and factories to re-open, it is important as a company to have safety measures. If you decide to open your doors again, follow these tips, so you don’t make mistakes and spread Covid -19 to your customers and staff.
Update Your Workplace Safety Protocols
Safety protocols should be updated regularly, even when there isn’t an emergency. The pandemic is over, but there could still be a risk of infections in your office that could pose a risk to others. Ensure your office has updated its safety protocols with any new information about the virus circulating in the country. Moreover, educate your workers on the newly enacted safety measures.
Reestablish Your Work Routine
You should highly consider investing in a hybrid workplace in order to maintain efficiency at productivity. This is especially important if you are having some employees work from home while others work at the office. A traditional office environment isn’t practical for most businesses right now. Instead, set up an office where people can work remotely and still feel connected to their colleagues and company culture. Some employees prefer working in a traditional office setting, while others prefer working from home or using public computers at cafes or libraries. Seek their opinion and identify what would work best for them.
Prepare To Clean at a Higher Frequency
Covid-19 has been around for a while now, and the risk of infection has gone down significantly compared to earlier. But cleaning remains key, especially in hospitals and schools where children are present. Ensure your workplace regularly cleans surfaces such as desks, chairs, and doorknobs with a disinfectant spray or wipes.
Promote Healthy Hygiene Practices
The Covid-19 pandemic has subsided, but the threat of the virus remains. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) continues to advise people to practice proper hygiene to stop the spread of the virus. The following are some ways to promote healthy hygiene practices in your workplace.
Promote hand washing
Hand washing is the most important way to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Ensure your employees know that it’s not enough just to dry their hands on paper towels; they should wash them with soap and water for at least 15 seconds.
Promote hand sanitizer use
Even if you have an antibacterial hand sanitizer available in your office, it’s best to encourage employees to wash their hands first rather than using the sanitizer alone. Your workplace may want to consider having alcohol-based hand sanitizers available throughout the building so people can use them when they’re on the go or don’t have access to a sink.
Promote sneeze etiquette
Consider posting signs around your office that remind people about proper sneeze etiquette (covering their mouths and noses). This can help reduce the spread of Covid-19 throughout your workplace. If someone who has experienced symptoms of Covid-19 coughs in your office, make sure they understand how important it is not to return until they have been tested and the results are negative.
Prioritize wellness check-ins for employees
Covid-19 is no joke. It can be dangerous if not treated properly. Ensure that your employees know what to do if they start feeling ill: check in with their doctor immediately, and keep them informed about any symptoms they experience. You should encourage employees who have been exposed to Covid-19 or have Covid-19 like symptoms to come to work as little as possible and always wear masks.
Encourage Employees to Get Vaccinated
Many people didn’t get vaccinated during the pandemic because they feared side effects or worried about resistance from their employers or coworkers. Encourage your employees to get vaccinated against Covid-19. This will help protect them from Covid-19 during future outbreaks and prevent them from getting sick at work.
Now that the pandemic has run its course, you can return to your routine without any initial concerns. But it’s important not to take that for granted. There will continue to be fallout lingering around, and you should be prepared. Fighting off the deadly virus of Covid-19 should not be taken lightly.