If you are preparing to reopen for the first time (or reopen better) in the New Year, this series is for you. Many companies are making plans to change their in-person expectations in 2022, perhaps having employees spend more days working from the office or allowing clients greater access to your facilities.
The past two years have been quite a rollercoaster. No single sector was unscathed through the COVID-19 pandemic. Shutdowns, constant change, learning new skills, the seemingly unfathomable “new normal.” From churches and educational institutions to businesses and manufacturing, everyone became acquainted with the word “pivot.”
But now that we have surfed a few waves, so to speak. It appears as though even OMI-nous threats (if you’ll excuse the pun) will not cause the massive shutdown of a couple years ago. The world is reopening and you do not want to miss out.
Here are the first five tips to safely reopen. Be sure to read Part 2 of this series to catch the last five:
- Collaborate. Initiate dialogue with others in your particular sector who have reopened. What worked for them? What didn’t work for them? Let them paint a picture of those early days to inform your own.
- Create a plan. Even if it is no more than a draft, begin writing policies (or at the very least guidelines) for safely reopening.
- Communicate. Share the plan — and perhaps more importantly, the why behind the plan — to your employees, visitors, and clients.
- Research. Become informed on the local and state guidelines as well as those pertaining to your specific sector. You may choose to create your own guidelines that are more stringent than these, but they should not be less.
- Rearrange furniture to create space. For example, if your break room cannot accommodate a handful of employees comfortably with social distancing measures, it may be time to move that oh-so-popular microwave or coffee pot to a more spacious location.
You may notice that nothing on this list has to do with disinfecting! When it comes to the cleanliness of your facilities, that should be the last thing on your mind when it’s the first thing on ours. Contracting Sonlight Cleaning Services as your daily and specialty janitorial cleaning company is the best reopening decision you can make because it will free you up to think of all these other critical pieces to reopening. Give us a call today so we can get to work doing what we do best (and you can do the same)!
By Laura Pulliam