How to keep your staff safe in a post-pandemic workplace


 

How to keep your staff safe in a post-pandemic workplace

 

As businesses start returning to a post-pandemic workplace, it’s now more important than ever to consider how to safely manage employees in your work environment to ensure they are protected against the potential threat of infection.

 

It will also be quite normal for employees returning to work to have understandable concerns about their health and wellbeing, and may also be accustomed to a “new normal” of working remotely. Having procedures and protocols in place can provide structure and reassurance to employees during these uncertain and challenging times.

 

As businesses start returning to a post-pandemic workplace, it’s now more important than ever to consider how to safely manage employees in your work environment.

 

To ensure the safe return to work for all employees (as well as to reassure clients and customers) here are a few policies and procedures that you should consider implementing before reopening your business.

 

Having procedures and protocols in place can provide structure and reassurance to employees during these uncertain and challenging times.

 

Workplace sanitation

 

How you manage your workplace will need to change in a post-pandemic workplace. Employees will want to know they are returning to an environment that is safe. This means scheduling frequent cleaning schedules with the correct sanitisation products, especially in high-traffic areas such as reception areas, lifts, stairs, conference rooms, break rooms, and other communal spaces. In work environments where employees share spaces, businesses should consider a policy that requires employees to wipe down surfaces with appropriate products before they move to a new area.

 

If your in-house teams do not have the resources or capacity to take on additional cleaning responsibilities, you may need to consider outsourcing these tasks to a commercial cleaning company such as ourselves.

 

Promote good hygiene

 

One of the best preventive measures to help prevent and stop the spread of viruses or other types of infections is to promote and practice good hygiene in the workplace.

 

All businesses should encourage employees to wash their hands frequently and avoid touching their eyes, nose or mouth. They should also remind employees to cover their mouth when coughing or sneezing. Other measures that a business should consider include adding hand sanitiser stations around the workplace, as well as maintaining a strict 2m distancing rule at all times.

 

One of the best preventive measures to help prevent and stop the spread of viruses or other types of infections is to promote and practice good hygiene in the workplace.

 

Managing visitors safely

 

A workplace visitor policy should list the guidelines, rules and procedures for allowing guests to enter your workplace. It is an essential aspect of security and also helps increase the safety and security of your facilities.

 

Your policy should specify when visitors are permitted into your building and how they should be registered to be sure you are keeping track of everyone who enters your premises. This includes maintaining records of all visitors, their company and the purpose of their visit. This will ensure you are taking the correct precautions if you learn of an outbreak in your company and can notify the relevant person if you believe they may have come into contact with someone who is suspected of having a virus.

 

Encourage remote working

 

Where possible, it is recommended to encourage remote working for employees who have the capability to do so. Remote working has a number of proven benefits to businesses including fewer employees on-site at any one time, which will dramatically decrease the potential of spreading viruses. Companies that allow employees to work remotely can also reduce the costs associated with having employee’s onsite, including saving money on office space, equipment as well as travel reimbursements. And depending on the size of your business, this could provide significant savings without drastically changing your company structure, or completely sacrificing brick-and-mortar business activities.

 

The best way to make sure all your staff, visitors and customers are safe from the possible threat of infection when working on your premises is to employ the services of a professional cleaning and sanitisation company.

 

Outsource your cleaning & sanitisation requirements

 

The best way to make sure all your staff, visitors and customers are safe from the possible threat of infection when working on your premises is to employ the services of a professional cleaning and sanitisation company.

 

At IPSERV we provide a team of experienced and fully trained cleaning specialists to deal with any cleaning or sanitisation requirement your business has; supporting you to keep your employees and customers safe. Our comprehensive range of cleaning solutions are fully compliant with government guidance relating to COVID-19, and can be pre-booked or are available to support an immediate requirement that you have.

 

If you need to discuss providing a COVID-19 Secure environment for your business contact us today to speak with one of our expert cleaning team on 01473 432222 (option 3) – or email us at cleaning@ipserv.co.uk

 

David Hollingsworth

Marketing Manager

ipserv.co.uk

COVID-19 Services


 

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