Building a Pandemic-Safe Workspace
Everyone hopes the pandemic will come to a conclusion sooner rather than later, but at the moment it’s impossible to predict when it will be truly over. It’s also impossible to predict whether it will come again. With that in mind, many businesses are taking steps to pandemic-proof their workplaces. Here are just four examples of upgrades that will make your workplace safer and more resilient to whatever the pandemic throws at you next.
First of all, protect your employees and customers with PPE and other methods. Sneeze guards and other barriers can protect everyone. Better ventilation can improve the atmosphere in your office and help stop the spread of germs. This is just the beginning. You should also consider installing sanitizer stations to encourage everyone in the building to disinfect their hands as often as possible.
Disinfection is key, especially with germs that can survive in the air or on surfaces. Disinfecting hands with sanitizer or hand-washing is important and may require training to get all your employees up to the necessary standard, but don’t forget to disinfect surfaces regularly as well. Make it part of closing down or opening up procedures.
Reduce occupancy in your physical spaces to make social distancing easier for everyone. You can do this by getting a larger space, but the faster and probably cheaper way to do this is by making contact-free delivery and remote work easier.
Contact-Free and Remote Work
Contact-free delivery is not feasible in every industry, but those who can absolutely should. Opening a digital storefront and making delivery easy is just good business at this point. On the other side of the counter, remote work is similarly not always an option, but those who can make employees remote may find that there are many advantages.
The thing about Covid-19 is that the steps you take to prevent its spread will also work on most other illnesses. The same protections that can make your workplace safe from coronavirus will also make your workplace safe from influenza and other airborne illnesses. It’s difficult for germs of any kind to travel through protections and across open spaces. A low occupancy and more remote work means you can pay for a smaller space and makes your workplace friendlier for employees who are also parents or primary caregivers. These inconveniences are only inconvenient at first. Once you make the shift, you can enjoy the benefits for years to come.