Reopening efforts are moving forward in many states. As a result, an increasing number of professionals are making their way back to their workplaces.
While some may find going back to the office reassuring, others may have concerns. COVID-19 isn’t expected to disappear completely, and some experts believe a second wave is likely on the horizon.
Luckily, there are steps professionals can take to help ensure their safety, as well as the safety of their colleagues and customers. If you are going back to your workplace, here’s what you need to know.
Focus on Cleanliness
Sanitizing is going to become a critical part of many professionals’ daily routines. By disinfecting surfaces – particularly shared ones – frequently, you can reduce the likelihood of the virus spreading.
If your employer makes sanitizing sprays or wipes available, use them regularly. You may want to clean a shared surface – like breakroom counters, coffee pot handles, copier machine controls, and elevator buttons – before you use it, for example.
Additionally, take personal hygiene seriously. Use hand sanitizer or wash your hands with soap and water frequently. Leave bathroom exhaust fans running, and consider avoiding recently used restrooms or stalls when possible.
Follow Face Mask Rules
While face masks may not be the most comfortable items to wear, they can help limit the spread of COVID-19. Respiratory droplets can carry the virus, and face masks keep those droplets from getting into the air or on surfaces.
When you wear a face mask, you are technically protecting others more so than yourself. However, if everyone is wearing a face mask, a company’s entire workforce is protecting each other, and that makes a difference.
If your company mandates masks, wear one. Often, they are following health officials’ guidelines, and the recommendation wasn’t made lightly.
Adjust for Social Distancing
Social distancing is another step that can slow the spread of COVID-19. Staying six feet apart can reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus if a person nearby happens to be ill.
Many professionals are going to have to adapt to make social distancing possible. You may need to only come into the office on alternating days, work an adjusted schedule, or walk through the building following assigned paths for moving in specific directions (reducing the need to pass directly next to other employees). Open workspaces might not feature cubicles, requiring you to work in a somewhat confined space. Passenger limits may mean waiting a long time for an elevator or having to take the stairs instead.
While social distancing may be inconvenient, it is important. Adhere to the rules to ensure not just your safety, but the safety of others, as well.
Ultimately, returning to the workplace is going to be a little complicated. But by following the rules and adapting to the new normal, you can remain productive and healthy.
If you’d like to find a new job with a company that will help you protect yourself from COVID-19 while returning to the workplace, the team at CPS Recruitment can help. Contact us today.