With restrictions easing and a glimpse of normality approaching on the horizon, you’ll be forgiven for solely thinking about lunches with friends, shopping sprees and trips down to your local, but another factor to consider is the return to the workplace. For both employers and employees, this transitional phase may be stressful and nerve-wracking, and whether you are a business owner or member of staff, there are steps you can take to ease your way back into the working world safely.
Conversation can go a long way for your wellbeing. Over the last year, you may have been furloughed or working from home, conversing with your team occasionally via online Zoom’s, and the thought of returning to the workplace with a mass of colleagues may bring you worry.
If you are a business owner, you may wish to take on the responsibility of arranging individual calls with your staff. It is your duty to make sure that they feel safe in the workplace and so private conversations may be where you get the most truthful feedback about your return-to work plans. Listen to their worries and concerns, and they may even be able to provide you with some helpful tips that could benefit the safety of the entire team.
As an employee, if you are experiencing worries or stresses, pick up the phone and speak to your boss. Voicing your doubts could prompt an idea for an additional safety measure that can be followed by the whole team, such as weekly testing, keeping everybody safe during the return to work.
Health and safety updates
As employees, you should be made aware that the workplace won’t run as it has in the past. There will be new health and safety procedures that will need to be followed by each member of staff to ensure that the workplace environment remains a safe, healthy and happy one. From one-way systems to a limit on how many people can enter the kitchen or bathroom areas at a time, these rules should be set and sent to each member of staff before returning to work, allowing the changes to be understood from the first day back.
Invest in social distancing supplies
PPE – the famous three letters that have been circulating the country over the past year are now going to be required within your own workplace. Social distancing supplies are perfect for keeping safety a prominent factor throughout each workday whilst also keeping your business in line with the new regulations set by the Government. From facial visors and tabard aprons to health advice roller banners and social distancing floor stickers, you can tailor your protective equipment to your business requirements, as well as providing yourself with additional protective measures that will allow you to feel safe once back at work.
At Printingprogress, we understand that the return to work may be daunting. Our range of social distancing supplies provide every worker throughout the UK with the equipment needed to best protect them against the potential spread of COVID-19. We can also brand social distancing supplies, making them perfect for the workplace! For advice on the best use of PPE for yourself or your business, get in touch with us today by calling 020 8290 1010 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be happy to provide you with the confidence to step back into work.