With nearly 3.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines administered, much of the world is creeping back to somewhat normality. However, with many of these being just the first dose, there is still a risk of contracting the virus, demonstrating that the global population should be cautious. As many businesses are reopening (and many have already opened), managers must understand how to protect their customers and employees to reach the light at the end of the tunnel.
Carry Out Risk Assessment
Risk assessment is crucial for any environment, so businesses should monitor possible issues that could cause unnecessary transmission. For larger corporations, issues such as crowd management are essential in keeping people away at a safe distance. This should apply to customers by encouraging social distancing still, as well as keeping employees apart in the workplace. Ideally, working from home should still be encouraged, but this is not possible for retail and factory jobs, so do not neglect your safety procedures.
Offer Protection Around The Workplace
Whether it’s walking into a local supermarket or welcoming employees back to the office, you can put people’s minds at ease by offering protection as soon as they walk through the door. With many countries still mandating masks in enclosed spaces, you can offer a face mask at the door, giving no one an excuse for skirting the rules. Similarly, hand sanitizing stations located throughout, rather than just at the entrance, allows everyone to top up after handling products.
Check-In On Them
Many people who have spent the past 18 months working from home have managed to achieve the work-life balance that they have always wanted. However, not everyone enjoys the isolation that comes from working from their dining room table. They need to interact with coworkers in a more social environment. As a manager, you can do your part in keeping them safe by checking in on them. A simple email once a week (even as a group email) will make your employees feel like they have someone to talk to if they need it. This can prevent stress and anxiety and help them maintain productivity while working remotely.
Keep Up To Date With Information
You have likely been bombarded with information about infection rates over the past year, and it might be that you are tired of hearing about it. But, with the virus still prevalent, it’s essential to remain up-to-date with current information. Integrating a COVID API on your website allows everyone to know the current state of affairs in the area, which can help legitimize any policy changes that you make. It will help customers determine whether they should visit your office at this time, and it can also help your employees gauge trends, which could help them prepare for returning to work.
Safe And Sound
Every day, the world inches closer to what many would consider The Before Times. Still, this should not mean that people drop their guards and assume everything is fine. With the virus still prevalent across the globe, knowing how to exercise caution and maintain safety is a must.