Millions of workers are facing similar challenges now that workplaces are opening back up. Dozens of leaders, experts, and professionals are wondering: what are the greatest unknowns we face? How will we live, work, and thrive in the post-pandemic future?
For workers who cannot work remotely, and their jobs depend entirely on a steady flow of traffic into urban hubs, companies are stepping up to take appropriate precautions, especially for their staff.
They came up with new procedures such as limiting the number of people coming into the office or placing employees in separate areas so that if someone does get sick, it won’t impact an entire department at once. Here’s how you and your peers can avoid fresh outbreaks as the economy restarts.
Speak to your employer about any concerns you have
When something or someone you see at work makes you feel unsafe, that would be a good time to speak to your supervisor and politely come with suggestions.
Keep a non-confrontational attitude to indicate your concern. For example, you can open your concerns or safety suggestions like: “I’m really thankful that our organization has been so invested in ensuring that we all work safely, but I thought we all might benefit from…”
When making a statement, ensure you include not just your personal concern but also useful suggestions so everyone in your workplace can comply with.
While there is a great chance that your uprising worries could be held against you by your employer, there’s also the chance that constructively presenting recommendations and ideas will be recognized with growth opportunities such as promotions, new assignments, and wage increases.
Practice social distancing at work
The Centres for Disease Control recommend maintaining at least six feet distance from others wearing Organic Cotton Face Mask and/or a Plexiglass face shield.
One can even ask the company to install Plexiglas at the top of your cubicle if you have to sit with others. Also, flexible schedules aren’t excluded here because there is a good chance to sit way too close to someone, as well as entering the building and exiting at the same time.
Clean and sanitize your workspace
Cleaning supplies and sanitizers should not miss from your workstation. If you’ve just returned to the office after a long period, avoid touching surfaces and handrails when possible.
When you do touch elevator buttons, door handles, or other things, make sure you sanitize and wash as soon as you are able.
Watch out for the break areas
Not all companies have safety rules for the common break rooms. Some leave all the tables and chairs in place and don’t even require masks. Even worse, some employees are missing the mark on break rooms, and they are even riskier because you can’t wear a mask and then eat.
Experts recommend a six-foot distance, pointing out that sitting across someone at the table is, in fact, only three feet. Remember to wipe refrigerator and sink handles, surfaces, and other commonly used surfaces and items before using them.
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