With restrictions being lifted and companies starting to welcome staff (perhaps part-time), safety is obviously vital, as you’ll want to protect your staff and other stakeholders, as well as public health in general. So what can companies do to keep staff safe when they return to work?
Creating a safe work environment
First, you need to address the office space and make sure it is . There is a lot of helpful information online for doing this, but it will essentially involve making sure desks allow for social distancing, installing hand sanitizing units, keeping windows open, and providing face masks. You also need to make sure your air conditioning system is working properly to keep the office well ventilated.
Companies should also offer lateral flow testing to staff so they can be tested before starting work; This will ensure that everyone who enters work is healthy and will also provide peace of mind to staff and other stakeholders. This is especially useful if people use public transportation, such as and it should allow people to move around safely.
Before welcoming staff back to the office, you should also conduct a risk assessment to determine what issues could arise, such as a certain area or a time of day when social distancing could be an issue. Then you can find solutions to eliminate or mitigate this risk.
It is not easy to get everyone back to the office while and this could make many people feel insecure. This is why it’s smart to rotate the staff coming into the office so that half come in one day while the other half work remotely and then change this. This is an effective way to maintain social distancing, but of course you will need to be smart when it comes to scheduling.
Finally, you need to ensure that communication between management and staff is strong during this period of uncertainty. Many people have reservations about going back to the office, so you need to make sure people are communicating and understand what to do if they start to feel bad at any time.
This is a challenging time for business owners who are bringing staff back to the office and you will want to do everything you can to protect health while getting the business back up and running. These are some of the key areas to focus on, and hopefully they will help you create a safe work environment and help staff feel safe returning to the office.