What Will Employees Expect to Keep Them Safe in the Office After the Pandemic?


Does your office have protocols in place to protect staff members from COVID-19? Do your employees know what measures you are taking to keep them safe from sickness?

Good communication is crucial to success. You need to make sure your employees know what you are doing to protect against the novel coronavirus. By the same token, you need to know what your employees expect a safe office environment to look like.

If you’ve just reopened, are planning to do so soon, or live in an area with a resurgence of COVID-19 cases, the following tips can help you create the safe office environment your staff members need and deserve.

Social Distancing in the Office by Rearranging the Furniture

Social distancing is one of the best ways to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus. Separate desks and work areas by either moving desks or setting up plastic barriers between work areas. Make it easy for people to use the break room in shifts.

Provide Ample Disinfectant

Your office should have plenty of hand sanitizer. Any brand is good as long as it contains at least 70% alcohol. It’s also a good idea to provide employees with disinfecting cleaning wipes to regularly wipe down desks and electronic equipment such as phones and computers.

Open Outside Doors and Windows When Possible

The CDC recommends opening windows and/or doors when possible to circulate fresh air throughout the office. It’s especially important to ventilate the office if one of your employees is diagnosed with the novel coronavirus.

Create “Stay at Home” Rules

Make it clear to your employees that they should not come to the office if they or a member of their household is showing COVID-19 symptoms. Likewise, anyone who has traveled to a COVID-19 hotspot should work from home for the next two weeks to prevent COVID-19 spread. Stay abreast of the news to know where local, national, and international hotspots are, as cases rise and decline in different areas with little or no advance warning.


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