Like many business owners, you’ve had to get creative with your day-to-day operations in the wake of COVID-19. And while you’ve been able to weather the storm, you’re eager to go back to the way things were.
Sadly, until a vaccine is created, there is no going back to the way things were. The shutdown will eventually end, and people will re-enter the workforce, but everything will be different. It has to be different in order to protect your employees and prevent another forced shutdown.
In this post we’ll explore ways you can prepare your office for the return to the workforce after COVID-19.
Budget for an improved air filtration system
One of the best things you can do to ensure the safety of your employees is improve the air filtration system in your office. Office buildings are notoriously poorly ventilated, recirculating what’s already inside (a cocktail of carbon dioxide, chemicals from building materials, and airborne pathogens) and bringing in very little fresh air. Because the COVID-19 virus can float for three hours in the air, improving this neglected detail can go a long way in ensuring the safety of your entire office.
Re-organize office to encourage social distancing
Just because the shutdown is over doesn’t mean you should stop social distancing. Space desks 6 ft feet apart and remove a few of the chairs from conference rooms to limit the amount of people who can be in there at one time.
Develop new safety protocols
These protocols will vary from office to office but there are a few things every office should incorporate into their day-to-day operations:
– Keep doorways between departments and offices open
– Install motion sensor hand sanitizer dispensers around the office
– Get digital thermometers for the office
– Instruct every employee to wipe down their desk at the end of the day
Allow employees to work from home part of the time
Last but not least, allow your employees to continue working from home from time to time. You’ll find this necessary after you space out the desks in your office and find the workspace limited. Rotate the on-site employees with the remote employees so there’s never too many people in the office at one time. Your employees have proved their competence working remotely these last few weeks, so let this continue on a rotating schedule.
In your excitement to get your office back together, don’t forget to take steps to ensure safety and efficiency. But most of all…be patient. Give yourself and your employees time to adjust to the changes so the transition is as smooth as possible.
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