Back to Office COVID-19 Checklist
Updated: Jul 14, 2020
With most employees returning to work, it is important that you have a good grasp as to the condition and state of your workplace. Following the global pandemic, times have drastically changed so we’ve compiled a quick checklist to ensure the safety of your workplace through the identification of potential areas of concern or improvement. A single case of COVID 19 will shut down your entire company, floor, and even building for at least 2 weeks. On top of that the fall out from having bad press. Can you afford this level of disruption?
1. Bacteria Level
Awareness of bacteria levels has become a new concern for most workplaces, especially for employments that have numerous patrons coming in and out of the workplace. Bacteria and germs are an unseen threat but can cause catastrophic damage when allowed to roam freely in a tightly packed space. Have your office decontaminated for germs using fogging such as the Ava Safe germ fogging.
If not, at the very least have your bacteria levels in your office checked. Ava Safe does this for free for offices within Sydney.
2. Individual Temperatures and Symptoms
Do you have a flu symptom policy? Have you set a standard for all your team members on what is considered an unacceptable symptom? As we approach flu season, it is imperative that employees refrain from attending work if they exhibit signs of a high temperature cold. Many of us would try to continue to work but this can negatively impact and even infect your colleagues or employees. Even if you have set a standard, temperature checks is still needed. Thermal imaging technology has become the latest advancement in workplace conditioning, identifying individuals with high temperatures and acting as a screening mechanism to limit the possibility of contagion.
3. Social Distancing
This tactic has been employed for the last few months to ensure that individuals maintain a gap between each other to prevent the spread of disease. Although, this technique may be limited when in the workplace. It would be advised to spread out team members, try to not have desks next to each, and even place screening boards and protectors to divide the office. Naturally, this may have an impact on team morale so it may be a better idea to bring in employees on alternate days whilst social distancing.
4. Mental Health at Work
The process of going to work is now filled with anxiety for some. With all the drastic changes and impacts of the pandemic, the process of going, as well as physically being at work is hard. It is important to openly talk about how you feel to ensure that everyone is in the right frame of mind. Try to manage your stress by identifying its root causes and collaborating with your employer and colleagues to achieve a work-life balance. Even go so far as to promote mental wellbeing at your workplace.
5. Look to the Future
With all that has happened this year, it is essential that you plan for how to adapt to future situations. Despite this issue lightening up, we never know when another global crisis could hit or even a second wave of COVID-19. It is important that you integrate new policies and procedures to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Begin to train your employees and future proof your workspace. Such protocols may not be necessary right now but it’s better to be safe than sorry.