The pandemic has altered many people’s lives. It has most definitely impacted the way people work and live. There are a number of changes that should be implemented within a working environment to reduce the chances of contracting the virus.
It is important for an office layout to encourage social distancing and self-isolation. This can be achieved by placing social distance floor stickers, have all meetings virtually, and by changing the layout of the office space.
The layout should ensure that each employee is at least 1.5m away from each other. If the office does not have enough space then it would be best for half of the office to come in on Monday and Wednesday, and the other half of the office to come in on Tuesday and Thursday.
Good hygiene is crucial! It requires each visitor to sanitise their hands upon arrival. Employees and visitors should cover their coughs and sneezes with their elbow or a clean tissue, avoid shaking hands, and avoid touching their face, eyes, nose and mouth.
Another way to practice good hygiene is by disinfecting shared equipment and surfaces. Everyone should wash their hands regularly with soap and warm water for a minimum of 20 seconds, and only use single-use paper towels or an electric hand dryer.
Hand sanitisation should be a priority! It is important to sanitise consistently throughout the day. It is ideal to have hand sanitisers at each desk, in the kitchen, bathroom, meeting rooms, common area, and office entry.
By implementing these changes within the workplace, we reduce the chances of contracting the virus.