Returning To The Office After Lockdown
by Arina Smith How to Guides 21 September 2021
It cannot be denied that the coronavirus pandemic had a huge impact on businesses, with the majority of fields being forced to work from home. After months of not being in the office, it can feel strange and sometimes daunting to return. This is not only for employees, but also the business owners; they have never had to accommodate a global pandemic, and so, how can they ensure that the office is as safe as it possibly can be?
Ensuring That There Is A Space To Return To
In large cities, it is common practice for businesses to rent out office space, rather than own them. During the pandemic, they would no longer have reason to rent these spaces out and consequently may have lost them in the surge of businesses returning to the office. Despite this, these cities are not short of office space for rent, making the return to the well-equipped office as hassle-free as possible.
Ensuring Everyone Is Safe
Once you have a developed office space, you must certify that it is a safe space for all employees. You may wish to install plastic screens between workstations and invest in copious amounts of hand sanitizer. It also might be wise to hang signs to remind people of social distancing guidelines, as well as the most effective handwashing technique. Furthermore, it is imperative that the office is deeply cleaned and disinfected each night, in order to prevent the spread of the virus. Finally, the possibility to isolate upon testing positive must be facilitated by the company.
We are currently in very strange circumstances and returning to the office will be an overwhelming and confusing experience. Employees may need reminding of processes and work systems that they have not dealt with in months. Additionally, they may feel anxious about being thrown into a social atmosphere, as well as the fear of the virus. Similarly, some vulnerable people may need to continue to shield and work from home, which also needs to be facilitated.
Looking After Yourself
The easiest person to neglect is yourself but, if you take care of yourself, you are less likely to fall ill. You should strive to keep active, sleep well, eat a balanced diet, and keep hydrated. As well as this, you should take time to unwind after work by doing something you find relaxing, this will assist your sleep and prepare you for the following working day.
Try Not To Panic!
Of course, we are in uncertain times, and it is more than okay to feel concerned. However, it is important to keep in mind that we are all in the same boat and do not know where we will be in a couple of months’ time. The most effective way to remain calm is to simply accept that the future is uncertain and to take every day as it comes. Certainly, you should have preparations in place for possible future restrictions but try not to dwell on the fact that they have the potential to come into play!
The main thing to bear in mind is not to panic. If you take all the precautions and have the preparations in place, you can do no more for yourself or your business. There is no denying that the lack of control you have over the virus is frustrating and can be scary. However, simply accepting that we are all in uncertain times will save you a lot of stress and anxiety. As long as government guidelines are being followed and precautions are being taken seriously, your business and employees will be in the safest position possible.