By Tasneem Mohammed

 

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. 

Amidst the chaos, there are those that don’t have the luxury of working from home. In these times, it is essential to stay safe, healthy and motivated. Government guidelines are a minimum – only you know what’s best for your employees if you have to be at work. Here are a few ways to establish a process that keeps everyone safe:

 

Provide your workforce with the resources to stay stress-free

This means access to water, frequent breaks, time out to check on loved ones. Everybody knows that a 15-minute break isn’t enough to wash your hands, have a snack and wash your hands again. Try to incorporate longer breaks that do not affect the productivity of the workload.

 

Put in new measures

We don’t recommend you overhaul the whole procedure at a workplace, but you can implement some small changes to keep yourself and the workforce going. Some of these include:

  • Appoint a Corona ambassador on a weekly basis to take on a role which will encourage every employee to educate themselves and others on the latest advice and techniques to implement at the workplace
  • Introduce social distancing measures – ‘flexible working schedules/shifts for employees’ is encouraged by the risk assessment set out by the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
  • Set a timer every 4 hours or what is deemed appropriate for hand-washing
  • A ritual to sanitise all worktops and tools before they are put away by signing a sheet to say so allowing decontamination to be effective. This will also help you trace any covid contaminated items if someone is sick

 

Create a safe zone

Have one-to-one meetings on a weekly basis. Be open to your employees speaking about their feelings. Are they anxious? Do they seem quiet? You may have employees working in lone activities who do not communicate as much as an office setting may encourage people to speak to each other. It is your job to help employees keep calm and carry on.

 

Speak to your cleaning company

Is your cleaning company effective in cleaning your work space? Which products are they using for the surfaces? Do they meet the requirements? How are they protecting themselves from being infected and spreading Corona?

These are all questions that should be answered by your cleaning company. If in doubt, ask again or speak to another company and find out what they do so you can compare effectively.

 

Advise correctly

The last thing you want is an employee carrying on for the sake of it. Give them the support they need. Some employees may even consider Covid isolation as an inconvenience and may be resistant to isolating or it’s symptoms by comparing it to the flu. Here, you need to educate those employees and show the effects it can have on others and not just themselves.

 

Contingency plan

Do a risk assessment. Health and safety risks require assessment (under Regulation 3 of the Management of Health and Safety at Work Regulations 1999). Who will take over if you are required to self isolate? Where are the most risky areas in the business to catch Covid? Can you multi-skill employees? For more guidance visit Rapid risk assessment: Novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic: increased transmission in the EU/EEA and the UK – sixth update.

 

We understand these are tough times currently, but we want to make you aware that we still have alot of professionals searching for work, if not more so during this time.

Budgets will be tight, but if you do have plans to recruit once we return to normal working conditions, you might find it useful to post your jobs now so we can help build up a list of quality applications, ready for you to hit the ground running when it’s right. If you are interested in posting a job with us, you can do so here:

 

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