As we explore this topic of how to thrive during the lockdown, first of all, we want to express our gratitude for all that you have always done for the community.
It has been several months since the first Covid-19 outbreak, but it shows no signs of slowing down. New updates fly in every second. As the situation evolves, many businesses are in a state of confusion about what steps to take to diminish risks, protect employees, and continue giving services.
Is your business suffering from the coronavirus outbreak, too? Are you looking for methods you can apply to ease the situation, and keep the business afloat?
The team at Trax has come up with eight super-effective measures you can take to operate your business while simultaneously ensuring the safety for everyone.
Let’s dive in.
Be flexible towards employees
Pandemic or no pandemic, humanity comes first, and business comes second. Uncertain times like these shows how much business cares about its employees. A wrong move will not only result in a lack of workforce but will also taint your brand image forever. With the country slowly transiting from a total lockdown, you will need to be more flexible and considerate with your employee’ timetable. Some members may still have children at home, and some may need to tend to an elderly family member, and so on. Try to be as understanding as possible, and make sure that you have a contingency plan in the pipeline, which will be valuable when you’re short-staffed.
Reduce meetings and travel
Statistics all over the world have shown that people with recent travel history were the most influential and most dangerous carriers of coronavirus. We aren’t unaware of stories about how one traveler spread the virus to 100s of people on a community level. So, it’ sit’s only common sense to reduce business travels and meetings. Postpone any conferences and business travel plans. For meetings, switch to virtual platforms like Zoom or Google Hangouts. Unfortunately, if any of your workers get sick because of travel or meetings, you can potentially have a liability issue on your hands.
Build a remote work framework
For as long as virus transmission among employees poses a risk, businesses will naturally want to minimize unnecessary contact between personnel. Employees not absolutely required on-site, like support functions, marketing teams, or managers, can be encouraged to work from home to protect their colleagues’ health working on front-line or manufacturing. Create and implement a remote work policy that covers when you expect your team to be available and online, how to communicate (Slack, Skype, email), and what objectives each team member is responsible for delivering.
Communicate transparently with customers
Ramping up internal communication is crucial, and so is communicating transparently with customers. Positive messages with stress on best practices are more effective than negative words formulated to address misinformation. According to a Harvard Business Review, when customers are segregated from work that’s being carried out behind the scenes to serve them, the appreciation and value for the service lessen. Be open and transparent about all the efforts you’re putting in to contain the risks, and give them a peek into the measures you’ re taking to help the community.
Be obsessive about hygiene
With Covid-19, there’s nothing that you can leave to chance. So, make sure to adhere that no worker is compromising on safety regulations. You can send out daily reminders and write them on boards, for example. Make sure that all of your employees follow these health and safety tips from the CDC:
Wash your hands: Employees should always wash their hands when they arrive at work, and every time they enter the premises, as well as several times throughout the day.
No handshakes: Use a non-contact method for greeting like waving your hand or Namaste.
Remind employees not to touch their face.
Consistently disinfect surfaces, including the POS systems, doorknobs, handrails, tables, and desk.
Your employees probably all know this, and it can even become annoying to remind them daily. Nonetheless, as a business, it’s your prime duty to be mindful and make sure others are equally serious about it.
Protect employee health
Always make it clear to your employees not to come to work sick. Sometimes, knowingly or unknowingly, businesses put passive pressure on workers to come to work. Do not treat employees differently if they use sick leave. Similarly, waive cancellation fees for any vendors who call out sick. Have your employees’ employees’ temperature checked every morning before they start the shift. Also, make sure to ensure that the working areas are at least 6 feet apart. Likewise, sanitize break rooms, bathrooms, and other common areas at a regular interval. It’s a good idea to refrain to employees from using shared equipment like drinking fountains, water coolers, and hand sanitizers.
What to do if an employee contracts Covid-19?
Check immediately with staff who tested positive
- Ascertain whether they had symptoms of coronavirus while they were either:
Within 48 hours of leaving work
The primary symptoms of Covid-19 are fever, cough, breathing difficulty, runny nose, nausea, sore throat, vomiting, or diarrhea.
- Inform all your staff
After determining the last day, the infected person was in the office, figure out who he/ she had close contact with. Also, tell all close contacts to stay in quarantine for 14 days strictly. Remember, you must maintain the infected person’s privacy. You can’t name anyone unless they have permitted you.
Of course, it’s not possible for every business to adapt to many changes at this challenging time. There have been and there’s bound to be significant impacts for many. But at Trax, we are hopeful that these suggestions provide some pointers for businesses that can continue operations.
Before we go, here’s a list of a few products from Trax, which we hope will help you ensure a germ-free work environment with optimized social distancing.
Clean Room Curtains
Every single piece of cleanroom curtain is customized to be used in a controlled environment. These curtains aren’t just economic. They also form a protective barrier against dust and other pollutants, thanks to the use of heavy-duty materials. With these, you can stop worrying about insects and germs contaminating your work area.
PVC Strip Doors
PVC Strip Doors are known for their incredible advantage of reducing energy bills by isolating hot or cold air. There little-known but equally imperative functionality is seamless facilitation of workers, equipment, and vehicles passing through. No touching on the doorknobs, no bumping on another person, and no infectants entering the work area—there are several advantages of strip doors.
Utilizing Trax’s double-layered curtains are specially used in highly specialized areas like works that require laser-based technologies. These curtains are highly effective in blocking fumes, dust, and other contaminants. While giving more flexibility and safety in comparison to a brick-and-mortar wall, these are more economical.
These are just a few examples of Trax’s products that can be useful in creating a safe working environment with enhanced social distancing and optimization. There are varieties of other options available at your disposal, and we would love to assist you in your every need. Contact us today to customize products specifically for your business.