While COVID-19 persists, organizations across the world are reopening their doors. Is your business ready?
With the commencement of business operations globally, companies will need to finalize re-launching plans to ensure that their employees and clients are safe, and their expectations are met once more. Restoring clients’ confidence is crucial, and it will not be as simple as welcoming employees back to the office as usual. Getting your workplace into a safe environment for customers and team members is paramount.
Here are a few tips to prepare for your returning clients and staff:
Try to meet the conditions stated by the authorities
In preparing for your reopening, it is essential to visit official government websites to view the guidelines and regulations for the sector in which you are operating as well as keeping abreast of the latest news. Your ability to open will be based on public health experts, the World Health Organization, and other governing bodies. It is vital to adhere to these guidelines as these health metrics will determine your readiness to open.
Introduce established comprehensive health and safety procedures
Before deciding to welcome your clients and staff back, your company will need to make procedural and physical changes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and facilitate social distancing. Your organization must consider the following measures for optimal safety of its clients and team members:
- Take hygiene and cleanliness standards seriously by increasing cleaning and disinfecting at the workplace.
- Installation of clear barriers to facilitate social distancing
- Provide employees with personal protective equipment and daily updates
- Implement mandatory daily temperature screenings of all employees upon entering the building;
- Adjust normal business operations, including staffing and business hours.
- Allow for the continuation of remote work, if possible.
- Limit the number of visitors to the building or office
Prepare to address employees’ concerns
Above all else, companies’ top priority should be the health and safety of their valued team members. Employees may be hesitant to return to their office environment for fear of getting infected or other reasons. Therefore, their concerns must be addressed.
By attempting to restart business operations, there are numerous lessons to be learned, and it may be a while before most companies operate at pre-COVID-19 levels. Therefore, it is vital to address this in a strategic and controlled manner to mitigate health and safety risks.
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