Reopening Your Workplace in a Post-COVID-19 World

At the time of this publication, a few states have begun a slow re-entry to the workforce post-COVID-19. As the rest of the country begins making decisions on stay-at-home orders and re-openings, it’s important to consider how your organization will safely return to the office. As more restrictions are lifted and workers make their way back into the physical workspace, focusing on a comprehensive plan for your employees should be your top priority. Office Space Solutions is breaking down re-entry best-practices, recommended implementations and new protocols for safe re-entry.

New User Experience – The world post-COVID-19 looks very different from what we’re used to. Consider new employee user experiences, like requiring masks or face coverings, setting up sanitization stations all over the office, reducing or eliminating high touchpoint areas or items and eliminating shared food services like coffee machines and water stations. 

Clean, Clean & Clean Again – Your workplace should have an upfront disinfecting deep clean before physical workers arrive at the space. Prepare your building with an initial deep cleaning, plus ensure pre-return inspections, recurring disinfecting deep cleans and daily disinfecting services on touchpoint surfaces.

Keep Your Distance – Create a more spaced office layout with cubicles and furniture, implementing taller cubicles and removing some chairs and other furniture from shared spaces. You can reduce crowding and close quarters by removing furniture and storing it in a climate-controlled warehouse for future use.

Protect Your Employees – The installation of protective guards in areas like reception is great for those employees who have to talk face-to-face with others. Implementing six-foot markings and one-way path markings on the floor also ensure social distancing and controls the flow of traffic through the workplace.

Set Strict Guidelines – Sick employees, or those who have been in contact with someone who has a confirmed COVID-19 case, should be sent home to self-quarantine for 14 days. Ensure that your employees are either medically cleared or have expired all 14 days of the quarantine from the point of exposure before returning to the workplace. Set other guidelines and policies, like no visitor or low visitor, as well as scheduled shifts for those workers returning to the office, too.

Communicate with Transparency – Fill in your employees on the measures you’re taking to create a safe work environment for them post-COVID-19. Recognizing that there is probably a fear amongst your employees and harnessing it with open, transparent communication about your new plan is important from a leadership level, and limits further disruptions to business operations.

Staying connected, communicating and implementing a new safety plan is key to a successful workplace re-entry. Consider these six steps as best-practices for a slow, safe and successful recovery post-COVID-19. For any warehousing needs or furniture installation services, contact Office Space Solutions for more information.