Keep Your Employees Safe From COVID-19 With These Office Space Tips
Reconfigure Your Office Space to Protect Your Employees
As businesses start to reopen, business owners need to take action to find new ways to keep their employees safe while COVID-19 is still a threat to public health.
Accommodating social distancing to all types of office layouts can be complicated. Open plans and offices with lots of people may find a challenge in trying to adapt to the new norms that were established thanks to the pandemic.
There are many suggestions for how to help offices comply with those reopening guidelines to minimize the spread of COVID-19. Here are some ideas.
Put Up Signs to Outline Capacity
Offices that formerly gathered a lot of people at once are likely to struggle to ensure meeting the social distancing guidelines. Capacity signage will help control how many people can be in each area at the same time. Put up a sign in every shared space —conference room, kitchen, bathroom— indicating how many people can be in the office simultaneously according to the established guidelines.
Work Out a Flexible Schedule
If you had shifted to remote work for a while, try implementing a flexible work schedule during this phase. Assign your staff different days to come in during the week, so you can free up space every day and move to a flexible workspace arrangement. By getting rid of dedicated office desks, you will open up more space, which will help you ensure there is a safe distance between your employees. Offer cleaning and disinfecting supplies and establish a cleaning protocol, so employees know to clean their workstations upon arrival and when they leave.
Install Plexiglass Barriers
Plexiglass barriers can be beneficial in socially distancing your employees from each other and customers. They serve as sneeze guards while still allowing people to see and hear each other appropriately.
Set Up Disinfectant and Hand Sanitizer Stations
Hand sanitizer and disinfectant are two of the most popular products today, thanks to the pandemic. Offices should have a station that offers these products to their employees and customers, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19.
These tips will help you keep your independent insurance agency up and running during this time while protecting the health of your employees, customers, and even your own.