Top Tips For Social Distancing In The Office
Social distancing has become the new normal, and whilst not always achievable, it is important to make sure there are optimal opportunities for social distancing in and around your office. As more and more businesses reopen with the government go ahead, and lockdown rules being lifted, how can you make sure you keep your colleagues safe and stop the spread of coronavirus with social distancing in the office? Team Telemarketing has some top tips for social distancing in the office.
Workstations 2 Metres Apart
This is the easiest and most simple tip that we have, making sure that everybody has their own individual working space that is two metres apart from other employees is essential where available. This will minimise contact, and allow employees to feel safe in their working space. This will require a potentially small office design restructure but should be more than within the capabilities of your office space.
Stagger Shifts To Minimise Contact
Staggering shifts to reduce the amount of contact your employees are having with each other is a great way to comply with social distancing rules. If you have strict 9-5 hours, perhaps half your team could work from home Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then in the office for the other half of the week, and vice versa. There are many ways to reduce your team’s in office activity, but staggering shifts is a method that could be really beneficial and easy to achieve if you’re willing to consider the possibility.
Use Of PPE
Using PPE in the workplace will be commonplace, as it is recommended to use face masks and wear latex gloves in the attempt to reduce the spread of the virus. Face masks and latex gloves should be sufficient PPE for day to day office environments and although not compulsory, should be strongly recommended to all employees for their safety and their peers in and around the office.
Continue With Work From Home For As Long As Possible
If you have certain departments or employees that can do their job at home with equal succession to when they are in their office environment, you should facilitate the option and recommend those to continue to do so, for the foreseeable. Reducing unnecessary contact and in terms of making your office a safer place to work for those who cannot successfully work from home, the opportunity to work from home should be seriously considered by all business owners during the coming months and year ahead.
If you are not sure about what social distancing rules are compulsory, or need some further guidance or support on how to make your office a safer environment for your team please see the government’s website for health and safety guidelines, as these are ever changing and developing procedures that are likely to differ from weeks to months ahead.