Now that NSW is surpassing at flattening this curve it is time to plan for when things start turning back to normal- whatever normal will now mean. Planning for this should ideally involve both short term and long-term strategies and address both what should we do now? and what should our business look like?
As restrictions start to lift, employers are facing a different challenge when considering the return of employees to their workplaces. I know in our office we have had to make adjustments to our work space to comply with social distancing, although this wasn’t a huge change to the previous configuration it was a measure that had been in place well before myself & colleagues arrived to the office. Larger offices may not have the option to simply reconfigure their space however when recently speaking to a client with a large office she found that splitting her team up across office days & work from home days meant social distancing be adhered to.
Ensure you are well prepared to provide your staff with hand sanitiser, gloves, hand soap and masks (if requested) to help prevent the spread and to create a clean and hygienic work environment. Contamination on surfaces touched by employees and customers is one of the main ways COVID-19 spreads. Providing disinfectant wipes close to telephones, keyboards, doorhandles, and tables helps to prevent any possible spread and is also a fast & convenient solution.
Keep communicating to your staff and promoting the message that should they even carry mild symptoms they should refrain from coming into your workplace, display posters with this message throughout your office and combine it within your other communication channels so your message is consistent.
By preparing simple precautions and by planning ahead you can make a big difference in protecting your employees and business,
For more information on how to get your workplace ready visit https://www.health.gov.au/ or download the Coronavirus app today.
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