How you can prepare to reopen your office after weeks of remote working

Following the rapid spread of the Coronavirus, the likelihood is your businesses would have been forced to close the doors to the office.

Some businesses (and employees) have welcomed the flexibility that comes with working from home better than others, so much so — this has now become a permanent arrangement. *Hat-tip to Twitter*

That said, there are teams keen to get their offices reopened once the virus has been contained and the social distancing rules are relaxed.

Reopening your offices after such a long period away can be a hard task that many business leaders have never had to deal with before. These are new territories to all of us. To help, Take Care has put together some handy tips to make moving back into your office a smooth and efficient process.

Deep Clean Your Office

Your office will have been out of action for several weeks, and during that time, it may have become dirty and dusty. Additionally, given the severity of the pandemic and the fact that the virus can survive on surfaces for a long time, it’s essential that you deep clean your office before you reopen it. It can take a lot of time and effort to clean an office thoroughly, so consider working with a professional cleaning company.

Stagger The Return Of Team Members

If you have a large workforce, then you need to make sure that you stagger their return so the office isn’t inundated with employees. Letting everyone return on the same day will lead to a scramble to get set up, and may create a chaotic, unproductive working environment. A suggestion: Ask small, business-critical teams to return to the office first, then gradually bring in larger teams one at a time, so that your office is never too crowded with staff trying to catch up and reset their desks after many weeks working from home.

Provide your workforce with the essentials they need to stay safe

After weeks of adhering to the ‘Stay home’ message, we’re now instructed to ‘stay alert’. One of the ways you can do this is by giving your employees the materials they need to maintain their safety once they are back in the office. A recent study showed that 87% of employees would feel safer returning to the office if they were regularly provided with gloves, masks and hand sanitisers. Fortunately, the Take Care box is an all-in-one pack of personal protective equipment for teams to ensure employees stay safe when they return to the office.

Each box contains face masks (NIOSH & FDA approved with CE mark), antiviral sprays and disinfectant wipes, nitrile gloves, antibacterial hand-pump sanitisers and much more.

Review Your Health And Safety Procedures

With everyone rushing to get back into the swing of things, it’s easy to overlook health and safety, but this can be detrimental to the safety of your team. As such, you must regularly check for hazards during the process of reopening your office. Be proactive about any issues you notice to make sure that they do not cause more serious problems that your business simply doesn’t need in the current, already challenging situation.

Reopening your office and seeing your team after months apart is an exciting experience. Still, it’s essential that you do it right for the benefit of your staff, business and, most importantly of all, the clients who rely on your organisation.

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