Life has changed a lot over the course of the past year and a half the coronavirus and Covid-19 pandemic has had a huge – and largely detrimental – impact on all aspects of life, including business. If you run your own business, chances are, the pandemic and measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus have had some sort of poor effect on your company and the way it works. Around the world, governments have implemented lockdown, social distancing and social isolation measures which have resulted in commercial premises closing their doors and staff who can work from home switching to work on a remote basis. Now that vaccines are being rolled out around the world, you may be considering bringing your staff back into your commercial premises and getting operations back to normal. Of course, you’re going to have to take a few steps to make this process not only health and safety compliant, but to make your employees feel content and comfortable with the return too. Here are some steps you can take to achieve these goals.
Check Your Commercial Premises Over
The first step you need to take when planning a return to the office is making sure that the space is still in good enough shape for your staff to work from there safely and comfortably. Many of us haven’t stepped foot in our office premises throughout the pandemic, so there is a chance of some deterioration since you last checked the space out. You may find that you need roofing services, which you can read more about here. You may need a glazier to carry out window repairs. Some wiring may need looking at by an electrician. Make sure that all necessary work is complete before inviting staff back into the space.
Conduct a Deep Clean
The next step that you should take is hiring professional cleaners to conduct a full, deep clean of your office space. Many staff may be feeling nervous about their return, as Covid hasn’t vanished. So a Covid complaint deep clean could help them to feel more comfortable. Plus, plenty of dust may have built up due to the office space simply being unused for so long. On top of a basic clean, you may want to consider anti viral fogging. This can help your employees to feel further at ease. Don’t leave the cleaning there. A one off deep clean is great, but you’re going to have to undertake more regular, thorough cleaning once staff are back in office too. Create a contract with your cleaners to try to take advantage of lower costs for longer term commitments.
Consider a Phased Return to the Office
When your staff head back, a phased return to work may be a better way to go about things than throwing everyone back into the deep end. Remember that your staff have been working from home for a while now and heading back to an old working routing is going to be a pretty big change for everyone involved. To help everyone settle back into the workplace as easily as possible, a phased return can ease them into things. Try staff working back in the office one day a week, then two, then three, then four, then five days a week. This can get them accustomed to the commute, working hours and getting into the office working routine.
Implement Covid Safety Measures
In some places, this is a legal requirement, in others it’s simply highly recommended. Whether essential or not, you really should look into implementing some Covid safety measures in your workplace. This will help to reduce instances of infection in your workplace and resultant shut downs. It can keep your staff healthy and safe. It can make everyone feel more comfortable and as though they have a sense of guidance. Sure, vaccines may be out, but not everyone has been offered their vaccination yet and some people can’t be vaccinated. It’s your responsibility to protect everyone and Covid safety measures can help to minimise potential threats and issues in your workplace. Some good ideas include providing staff with masks, providing plenty of hand sanitizer, using social distancing floor stickers, placing barriers between desks and more.
These recommendations may seem simple, but you may be surprised with the benefits that come hand in hand with following them. They’ve got everyone’s best interests in mind and are generally more than worth the time and investment.
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