Many countries have eased their quarantine guidelines in the heart of the pandemic and started to reopen non-essential businesses. For business owners, this implies navigating a new world of social distancing, face coverings, and reduced in-store capacities as clients slowly start to get back to their “normal” lives.
For many establishments, the key factor in getting back to business will be prioritizing both employees and customer’s safety in a clear, perceptible way. You and your team will need to rigorously stick to and enforce any new health guidelines put in place by your country or state.
If your business is preparing to reopen its doors, here’s what you need to know about safely resuming operations while building trust and confidence among your customer base:
1) Create a Comprehensive Reopening Plan
Before working on reopening, you should take advantage of this situation to reflect on your business. Think about what you’ve managed to learn from your employees, customers, and partners during this time. Taking the time to reflect is vital if you want to build a more resilient and efficient business as you open up.
2) Determine Who Comes Back
Before you reopen, you need to know who is coming back to the workplace and who doesn’t. Bringing everyone back at once may be dangerous since you won’t screen everyone and implement social distancing rules effectively.
3) Address Employee Concerns
Your employees must be able to vent their worries. There will be questions you might not have the answer to right away. However, you should always notify your employees with plans for gradually increasing the business. Even if the progress is slow and may result in fewer hours of work, your employees will appreciate being informed and kept in the loop.
4) Value Testing and Screening for Returning Employees
Before any employee enters your facility, you must set up a screening capacity to question everyone entering and exiting the building. Even before employees return to work, you can email questionnaires to see whether the employee is a high-risk individual.
5) Implement Additional Safety Precautions
According to the EHS, to ensure a safe workplace, you can implement simple activities to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Examples include ensuring that your workplace stays hygienic by regularly disinfecting surfaces (desks and tables) and frequently used objects (telephones, keyboards, doorknobs, door handles, etc.).
Protecting people is a top priority as your business enters the reopening phase of the pandemic. It’s crucial to prepare a safety plan that not only covers your employees and customers but is flexible enough for future changes. Here at WeShield, we have all the necessary equipment that can help you safely reopen. We call it the path back to business.
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