Millions of people are starting to head back to work as the economy re-opens and lockdowns are lifted, which means extra care should be taken to prioritize your workplace for employee safety. By working to reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission between humans, your office can participate in the continued flattening of the curve, while we await a vaccine solution.
Setting up your office is easier than you think, provided you take the time to invest in a few excellent Wellness Solutions that can transform your space into a Safety-First oriented locale. Physical barriers such as sneeze guards, shield barriers and dividers can prevent the spread of COVID-19 virus particles, while still allowing for human-to-human interactivity. Consider it a first line of defense to protect your workers.
You can also deck out your workplace with a series of modular cubicles, each designed to partition workers off with similar-style dividers that can maintain the team atmosphere, without segregating everyone in the process. Once again, physical barriers play an important role in preventing the spread of COVID-19 virus particles, and these surfaces should be disinfected regularly to maintain a healthy environment.
Speaking of cleanliness, make sure everyone in your workplace has easy access to disinfectant wipes that are capable of killing COVID-19 bacteria, as well as multiple hand sanitizer stations for people to keep clean. Certain workplaces such as restaurants may require PPE equipment such as gloves, so be sure to have these stations set up at key points within your workspace. The less germs floating about, the better!
Reception desks and waiting areas can also be outfitted to prevent the spread of COVID-19 with barrier solutions such as dividers and transparent screens. Some even include cut-outs for documents and other materials to be passed safely between people. This extra level of caution can go a long way!
Finally, don’t forget about distancing guidelines. 6 feet is still the recommended distance between two people, and this should be factored into the workplace, as well. Keep in mind that the risk of transmission increases over time, so two people conversing 6 feet away for 5 minutes are less likely to contract COVID-19 as opposed to two conversing for 20 minutes. Consider adjusting your workspace to compensate for this. If you have the space, try to segment your workers from one another as much as possible, without severely disrupting your space. Meetings should be taken in larger areas, such as break rooms or other areas where employees can be properly spaced out. Don’t neglect face masks, either! They’re invaluable within confined spaces such as the office.
With so many options available to you, it’s easy to set up your office for maximum safety as we wait out the remainder of the COVID-19 pandemic. Make sure to add a touch of green into your workplace as well, to boost morale and employee health. This biophilic approach can go a long way to lifting everyone’s spirits in the middle of such a troublesome time. Governments and health agencies have spent more time prioritizing the counter-attack against COVID-19, while only now realizing the long-term implications of lockdowns and social distancing issues which have led to a 1000% rise in the number of suicide calls. Depression among people is at an all-time high. As we navigate our way out of the storm, be sure to spread a little cheer in the workplace. In this climate, even a fraction can literally change the world!
For more information on wellness solutions that can help your office prepare for a post-Coronavirus environment, be sure to contact us today!