With the stringent lockdown being lifted, businesses are gradually coming back to normalcy. However, it would be foolish to think that the virus has vanished. Companies still need to take precautionary measures to ensure the safety of all concerned.
So, how to get your workplace ready or how to handle a covid situation at your organization?
The following measures will help you to curb the spread of the deadly virus in your organization. If Covid 19 has already arrived at your office or even if it has not, these suggestions will help you:
How to prevent the virus from spreading in your office?
Ensure that the entire office environment is hygienic and clean. Objects and surfaces of daily use need to be disinfected regularly. Ensure that good respiratory hygiene is promoted. Make sure that essential items such as sanitizers, surgical face masks, paper tissues, closed garbage bins, etc. are available in sufficient numbers.
Display charts or posters of handwashing. Mention how it would help. Promote frequent handwashing sessions amongst the employees. Display pictures that talk about the importance of observing respiratory hygiene.
Provide accurate information to your staff regarding different aspects of the pandemic. State the conditions under which they need to remain at home. Communicate with your employees and promote the message that staying at home is necessary even if mild symptoms of the disease are felt.
How to reduce the risk of Covid 19 while conducting events and meetings?
Check with the local authorities about the location. Know more about the safety protocols followed there. Think about scaling down the event so that lesser people may attend it.
Make sure that the location of the event has an ample supply of hygienic items. Encourage all the visitors to cover their faces and wash their hands. Check that the seating arrangement is appropriate.
Inform all the participants, organizers, and visitors to provide their personal details. Mention clearly that the details would be shared with the local health authority for safety purposes.
Develop an immediate response plan to be followed if someone falls ill with any symptoms of Covid 19. Take proper measures so that he or she can be transferred to the nearby health facility for immediate attention.
How to prepare your employees for travel?
Check with your employees whether they are aware of the latest information regarding the spread of the virus. Send employees who are at a lower risk of contracting serious illnesses.
Consult your HR team and evaluate the risks and benefits associated with the travel plans.
Ensure that your employees follow the instructions of the local authorities and comply with all local restrictions on movement, travel, or large gatherings. While traveling encourage your employees to wash their hands regularly and maintain social distancing.
Brief your employees about whom to consult and what to do if they fall sick while traveling.
Once your employees return, ask them to monitor themselves for 14 days. In the event of any observable symptoms, encourage them to stay at home and practice self-isolation. Ask them to contact their local public health care department, furnishing the details about their travel and the symptoms.