Our staff are our business and we care about them as people. As the economy moves on and they return to work, providing a Covid secure environment is essential.
This began with the plexiglass screens you see above, alongside detailed planning on controlling movement. A one way system throughout our premises will prevent crossover and reduce the need to open, or close doors.
Wall mounted hand sanitisers are positioned through the building and work without touch, via a sensor. Sanitiser will be placed on every desk, gloves and masks made available where people need, or wish to use them.
Our drivers will be given hand sanitiser, gloves and masks, along with keeping to one vehicle where possible. Cleaning wipes will be next to each piece of shared equipment and staff encouraged to use them after every visit.
Desks will be cleared at the end of the day, to allow efficient cleaning. Smaller areas such as our kitchen, or the gents can only have one person enter at a time, larger spaces, such as the rest room will be limited to three people.
Ongoing Risk Assessment
The actions above are a valuable start, although constant monitoring is useful as staff return. Their tasks and roles can be analysed with protection in mind, including how they approach them individually.
Activities may be able to be removed, or shared with other team members still working from home. Additional equipment could assist, along with dedicated storage for new items, or personal possessions.
Staff can be asked to bring food, or drink from home, or only prepare this for their own use. Constantly encouraging hand washing at these times and others throughout the day will help to keep people safe.
Sharing items, or information at work is a natural instinct but not good distancing practice. Spotting non essential trips around the building will count, or replacing them with better use of technology.
Staggered arrival and departure could be added, wider parking bays, or bike racks for those avoiding public transport. We have planned in detail, yet accept that needs will evolve as staff return and they should be acted upon.
Opportunities also need to taken, such as using the new types of coronavirus test. All our team are tested twice weekly, so far without issues, yet results and related advice are still relayed caringly.
Explaining to everyone that social distancing, or following rules is no reason to be embarrassed will help. They play a key part in keeping colleagues healthy.
We prepared a memo on what to do if a team member has symptoms of coronavirus, restating the guidance on isolation and testing. Explaining that staff immediately notifying their line manager is a positive step, not weakness.
Acting in this way is part of working together to solve a problem, as is thoughtful cleaning of any facility you use. Sharing thoughts and ideas will also be welcome, on ways we can continue to protect our team.
Dynamic International has always encouraged a team approach, which serves our clients well and helps staff support each other. By taking this ethos to new heights, we can overcome the issues coronavirus brought and succeed together.