The global COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in huge changes in our working landscape, as well as new challenges for many of us. Whilst it is advised that as a first option employees should work from home where possible, in situations where working from home is not possible, many employees will start to gradually return to work over the upcoming weeks.
Discover the practical measures you can take to ensure you return to work safely in order to reduce the transmission of Coronavirus and to keep both yourself and your colleagues healthy and well.
Follow government guidelines
If you are experiencing Coronavirus symptoms or are too unwell to work, do not travel to or attend work. If you live in a household where someone else is unwell with the symptoms, then you must also stay at home. Follow the Government guidelines to protect yourself and your colleagues.
Keep your workspace clean
COVID-19 has placed a new emphasis on the importance of hygiene and sanitation. Throughout your working day, keep your personal workspace clean and clear. At the end of your shift, remove any waste and your personal belongings from your work area.
Hand washing and sanitation
It is crucial that you maintain the hygiene measures advised by authorities. Ensure you regularly and thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for 20 seconds, or use hand sanitiser. Remember to catch sneezes or coughs and don’t touch your face.
Maintain social distancing guidelines
Maintain the two-meter social distancing guidelines wherever possible. Remember social distancing applies to all parts of a business, including when interacting with your colleagues, when sat at your desk, when using entrances and exits, and when spending time in break rooms, canteens and meeting rooms.
Raise any concerns
Your employer should have completed a risk assessment and be taking reasonable steps to prevent harm in the workplace. If you have any concerns about your safety at work or your employee is not following guidelines, raise your concerns immediately.
There are a number of measures that can be put in place by your employer to help you get back to the new normal and to ensure that you and your colleagues feel safe when you return to work. These include;
- Installing workplace screening. These can be rigid, flexible, even colourful
- Using safety warning mats
- Rearranging desks and other workspaces
- Implementing staggered shifts
- Ensuring high standards of hygiene
- Installing anti-microbial fabrics and vinyls upholstery and wipe-clean multi-purpose seating
Such implementations will understandably change the atmosphere of a workplace drastically, but health and safety are paramount. However, that does not mean practical measures need to be plain and boring! We can help your employer still bring some warmth, personality, and positivity to a post-COVID workplace.
JPA Workspaces are working closely with organisations and businesses to plan for returning to work safely, in the most cost-effective way. We’re helping businesses by offering innovative social distancing support and furniture solutions with the aim to ensure both employers and employees feel safe and happy returning to work. For more information, please get in touch by calling us on 01727 840800 or emailing us on email@example.com to speak to a member of our specialist team.