Selling to customers and making reservations with vendors is important, but let’s talk about going back into the office. Some big tech companies are staying remote, like Twitter and Shopify, but you might be considering reopening your office to employees. If you haven't decided to continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future, your employees need to feel safe coming back into the office.
We’ve been researching guidelines from the CDC and following protocols that are being implemented by airlines, large event venues, and amusement parks. Then, we applied a healthy dose of caution to come up with helpful suggestions for you to consider as you’re thinking about how to make your office a safe environment for your employees and coworkers as they return.
There are many opinions about masks, but it's simple to ask your employees to wear masks while they're at work. You could put your company logo on them!
Give each employee access to a supply of hand sanitizer for their desks. Install motion-activated hand sanitizer stations at all doors.
Encourage employees to have their own set of utensils and kitchenware to eliminate cross-contamination. Schedule office lunch hours in shifts. Encourage employees to use cleaning products and share the workload of sanitizing after each shift, so it's ready for the next group.
Increase the cleaning detail for sanitization on weekends, and add additional cleaning days to limit the spread of germs. Assign a person to wipe all of the doorknobs and surfaces with cleaning wipes once a day.
Require frequent temperature monitoring to track your employees' health, and keep a record to pinpoint potential risks. Use a contact-free thermometer. Consider adding a daily log that tracks the employees' temperatures.
Hands-free door pulls: use these “handles” with your foot or elbow to avoid possible cross-contamination from a standard door handle.
We hope this information helps make the transition back to the office a little easier. Being responsible, and keeping staff and coworkers safe instills confidence in them that your company cares for not only their work, but their well-being!
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