Posted by Naina on July 21, 2021
As the cases of COVID-19 have been declining and the lockdowns, rules, and regulations have been lifting, it almost seems like life is getting back to normal. This means that many companies will soon be bringing their employees back into the office and many of those workers are worried: Is bringing back employees a safe idea? And how can we make sure that shared spaces are safe?
BTI welcomed back its Connectors on July 5th while following the guidelines provided by the government. Here are some BTI tips to keep in mind when creating a safer space for everyone in a shared workplace.
1. Use labels and signs
Labels and signs are budget-friendly and effective ways to communicate important information quickly. They’re usually simple and can rely on pictures to detail potential hazards and demonstrate proper procedures. These tools are good reminders and warnings for even the most experienced worker. The signs around the BTI office remind our hard-working Connectors to practice social distancing, wear a mask, wash their hands frequently, and to disinfect their workspaces and surroundings regularly.
2. Keep things clean
A messy workplace can lead to unnecessary accidents. Make sure boxes are stacked safely, and spills are cleaned up immediately. Conduct regular health and safety inspections to check for potential dangers such as tangled cords, messy floors, and disorganized tools. Programs like 5S which is a workplace organization method that uses a list of five Japanese words: seiri, seiton, seisō, seiketsu, and shitsuke, these have been translated as "sort", "set in order", "shine", "standardize", and "sustain" often provide beneficial improvements in organizations that can lead to reduced clutter.
3. Daily Screenings
Make sure to foresee any symptoms of COVID-19 within your team using a daily screening form. Ensure to take your staff’s temperature daily and before any visitors enter the office; a good healthy body temperature should vary from 98˚ F to 99˚ F; any temperature above 99.5˚ could indicate a fever, which is one of the earlier symptoms of COVID. In the case of a high temperature, request the individual to stay at home until feeling better. Also, ask your team to fill in a daily form to monitor how they are feeling and if they are experiencing any symptoms on that particular day.
4. Keep the workspace well ventilated
With everyone wearing masks almost all the time in shared spaces and sitting between panes of plexiglass, keeping the working spaces well ventilated is very important so that the team doesn’t feel suffocated or claustrophobic. Open windows if that is an option, allowing for some fresh air.
5. Recap any emergency and fire escape drills
Once your entire team is back in the office, it will be very important for the employer to recap all the emergency exits and update the health and safety training, including fire drills. In many cases, people have been out of the office for well over a year so a solid refresher on safety protocols will help to keep everyone aligned on expectations. BTI will run through our fire drill process with all Connectors on July 29th to keep the workplace safe.
6. Provide your employees with COVID-19 support resources
Ensure to set up a support system for employees as they return to work and adjust to new realities and emotional challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Create a plan for a safe work environment that protects employees and customers alike from risks connected to COVID-19, including exposure and transmission.
7. Come up with new no-contact greetings
Discourage any physical contact while greeting each other within the workplace. It’s almost an involuntary response, especially when doing business, so come up with new no-contact handshakes or greetings to reduce the risk of transmission of any virus or germs.
The most crucial factor of our business is the health and safety of our Connectors. While it may seem daunting to adjust shared workspace policies after COVID-19, it’s vital to approach the return to the office with an abundance of caution. To ensure both our facilities and Connectors are prepared for a post-coronavirus work environment, we have established COVID-19 workplace safety guidelines to mitigate risk and reduce the transmission of germs.
When planning for the reopening of the office, BTI made sure to take additional steps to follow appropriate sanitation and disinfection guidelines provided by the provincial government. Feel free to reach out to us in our office for any inquiry or via email at email@example.com