For many of us, the doors to our offices, shops, restaurants and workplaces have been closed for a long time.
But with restrictions set to ease soon, it’s time to start thinking about how best to adjust to working in a post-COVID world. We’re all familiar with the guidelines around washing our hands and keeping our distance, but what about keeping your workplace safe, too?
Here are our top tips to make the transition back to ‘normal’ office life as smooth as possible for you and your team…
Polish things up with infection control cleaning
Before you welcome people back into your workplace, it’s a good idea to make sure things are as clean and safe as possible.
Book in for a decontamination fogging service to get your premises looking their best, giving you and your team a fresh start.
A deep clean will include decontaminating contact points and germ hotspots like door handles, handrails and equipment, reducing the risk of an outbreak in your workplace. Deep cleaning can also give your employees confidence when returning to work, with a visual reminder that you’re taking their safety seriously.
Be prepared for anything
When getting ready to start working in a shared space again, the UK government recommends conducting a risk assessment to make sure you’re ready for any eventuality, and that you’re considering all possible risks in the workplace.
By performing a risk assessment you can identify potential workplace hazards which could increase the chances of COVID-19 transmission, and make sure that you have the right steps in place to reduce those risks.
This could include thinking about areas where people are in close contact (like lunch rooms and meeting spaces), how to manage visitors coming in an out of the building, and any key touchpoints which could carry the virus.
Adapt your setup
There are plenty of ways to help keep your workplace clean and safe during the working day. More and more businesses are implementing a ‘clear desk policy’, to help their cleaners to perform an effective clean (it keeps things looking tidy, too!).
As well as hand washing facilities and sanitisation products, consider whether you need to provide PPE for any of your employee’s activities.
You may need to rearrange your workplace to allow for 2m of social distancing space, and potentially add perspex screens to divide personal working areas. Creating one-way systems and limiting movement helps to avoid any crowding or bottlenecks, as does staggering working hours to avoid peak travel times.
Some workplaces are encouraging employees to bring their own water bottles and hot drink flasks, to reduce the use of communal kitchens and drink supplies. Gifting your team with personal cups and bottles may help people to adapt to the changes, and make them feel valued during the upheaval.
Good ventilation helps to reduce the risk of transmission – so open those windows and let the fresh air in!
It’s also important to think about how best to communicate these changes to your team, so that everyone feels aware and included of the changes. Plenty of clear signage around the workplace, as well as training videos or online learning programs, can make sure everyone is clued-up on the new way of doing things.
Keep on top of cleaning maintenance
With the burden of cleaning tasks growing by the day, it helps to feel on top of the essential maintenance.
Before you re-open, it may be worth exploring how a regular office cleaning service can ease some of the pressure. Here at The Fine Cleaning Company, we work with companies across Bath, Bristol, Weston-Super-Mare and the surrounding areas to help them keep their workplaces clean and safe.
Our friendly and experienced team use high-quality cleaning products to deliver a great standard of clean, every time.
If you’d like to see how the support of a professional cleaning service can make your working life easier and safer, get in touch today to arrange a cleaning quote.