As we cautiously enter the end of lockdown and people begin to return to the workplace, ensuring they come back to a safe environment and keeping it safe is critical to building staff confidence, restoring energy levels and workplace performance. Here are some great ideas to assist you in getting your company.

Deep Clean and be Seen to be Clean

First impressions will count a lot. People returning to a dirty or dusty workplace will not feel inspired or confident that you are on top of hygiene, and worse might think you do not care about them at all.

We suggest you do a deep and thorough clean of the offices with a certified disinfectant product and rigorous cleaning. A good idea is to place a “disinfected in the last 24 hours” note on every desk so people know You have been over it. In addition, so the same in all bathrooms once you have done a full disinfection service.

Touching Contact

COVID 19 is not very selective in terms of who it infects, and by now everyone is pretty expert about the need to sterilise high traffic areas and touch points.

There is no substitute for a checklist. For every entrance and exit door, bathroom doors and cubicles, office printer or copier kitchen area (kettles, coffee machines, fridges and even the cutlery draw) have it on a list and be sure to check it off every time it is cleaned. Once again, a certified disinfectant solution from a reputable company is key, as is frequency – go for hourly for high traffic areas. More than that, remind employees of the need to take care, wear a mask and wash their hands. Put hand sanitiser and fresh wipes / sterile towels near all high traffic points and be sure to keep them full – nothing communicates that you do not care like empty sanitiser dispensers.

Own the Problem Together

Ultimately getting the workplace safe is going to take a collective effort. On day one call a meeting of everyone in the building and talk them through the hygiene plan you have put into place. Explain the cleaning regime you will use and talk through distancing rules you think make sense, and areas or times when you believe the risk is highest. Then ask them to raise concerns and highlight any additional areas they think are risky. Be open to additions but communicate that everyone is responsible for following the plan. You cannot clean a door handle often enough to avoid the virus spreading if people do not wash their hands frequently.

Too Hot to Handle

It is important to select who will oversee the temperature taking process, ideally it should be someone with medical background such as a company nurse or first aider. They will need to be carefully trained in terms of taking the temperatures, handling & recording the readings, treating the results with the confidentiality required, adhering to safety regulations around wearing PPE, then reporting irregular findings to management or be empowered to send home at risk personnel to self-quarantine. Employers with large volumes of workers may need to stagger working times to alleviate large groups waiting to be scanned. Also, the process must be communicated with all staff.

Habit trumps Hype

For all the hype, the secret is to make the changes a habit. That means sticking to the plan, no matter what. Routinise as much as possible and do an update meeting on a regular basis so people know it is not forgotten.  The virus is invisible so there will be times people forget. Use posters, stickers, and verbal reminders so it is harder to forget.

It’s not 1984!

Like in the book, you are not out to achieve social control. Deal with reports of poor behaviour or bad habits, but do not allow people to tell tales and form cliques. Jump on issues fast but then move on fast.

Be my Guest

Be sure to educate visitors to your office, whether they are customers, cleaners, or suppliers. Welcome them with a thermometer scan and a smile and be sure to politely and respectfully ask them to support your office protocols. Again, use signage and explanatory pamphlets to guide them.

Don’t Panic, Support

If you are unfortunate and someone in your office does develop symptoms and become ill, do not panic, get them home safely. Check in with them daily and reassure and keep the rest of the team or office updated.

Lastly maintain a dialogue with your people and work as a team – that is the most powerful way of ensuring you stay safe and beat this virus.

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