How to Keep Your Offices Safe

 

So, you’re starting to think about reopening your offices and getting employees back to their desks. You miss the camaraderie of all working together, and your staff are desperate to see each other again – the time has come to try and find a way back to some semblance of normality in your business. Of course, this comes with a huge number of considerations, the very first being how do you keep your office the safest environment possible for you and your team? There are some very clear and simple steps you can take that will safeguard everyone, and keep your employees feeling valued, safe, and well cared for.

Cleaning

Keeping your offices hygienic has never been so important. Before anyone returns to the office, make sure you employ a deep cleaning service to thoroughly disinfect every area, from desks to kitchen, ensuring you are starting from a clean slate. Following this, supply hand wash and disinfecting wipes, and encourage employees to use them thoroughly and often throughout the day. If it’s within budget, it’s also worth scheduling regular deep cleaning sessions every other week to ensure the offices remain spotless and safe.

Social Distancing

This is a hard item to quantify, and the one that may require the most changes to your daily working lives. Keep social distancing within an office is hard, and you may need to spend a day or two rearranging your workspaces in order to make this work. Desks should be two metres apart, with clear passageways in-between so that people can move around as freely as possible. It might be that you simply cannot fit everyone in this way; in this case, consider if there are employees who you can keep working at home for a while longer, or if you can institute some system of rotation so that not everyone is in the office at once.

Clear Rules

There’s nothing worse than muddy, unclear instructions, so make sure your employees have a list of clear, simple rules to follow. For example, ‘keep six feet apart’ can be hard for people to judge. Instead, rules such as ‘do not get up from your desk if someone else is walking past’, or ‘do not enter the kitchen more than one at a time’ are much easier to follow. This will help you employees know where they stand (and where they should not stand) – you could even consider lines on the floor in places where there are likely to be queues, such as the bathroom.

Danger Areas

In any office, there are certain areas which will be higher risk, including bathrooms, kitchens, and water cooler areas. All these are places where germs are more likely to spread and people come into closer proximity to each other, and they will therefore need extra care. Hand sanitisers should be provided in each of these locations, alongside easily accessible cleaning supplies, and clear instructions on how to make use of each area whilst keeping fellow employees as safe as possible.

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