A Guide to Creating A Safe Workplace

Tuesday, June 29, 2021 TimeTec 0 Comments

The Covid-19 pandemic has taken the world by storm, and it has affected all walks of life without exception. The workplace we once knew no longer operates the same way without imposing a risk on our health. As I'm writing this post, Malaysia's number of positive cases maintains at the 5K mark, a slight drop from 9K three weeks earlier, and 60% of the Malaysian workforce from diverse industries are instructed to work from home during the Full Movement Control Order (FMCO) restrictions that have been imposed since the 1st June 2021. 

In anticipation of achieving herd immunity by the end of the year and welcoming the entire workforce back to the office, companies must take necessary precautions to ensure that the office is a safe sanctuary for all. So, where do we start? 

Let's Start with Five Simple Safety Measures for A Safer Workplace.

Safety from the Get-Go

After nearly two years into this pandemic, people are familiar with wearing masks (or double masks) and temperature reading. But, even when herd immunity is achieved, it doesn't mean that we can put our guard down and be relaxed about this crucial step. The office needs to make sure that entrances are equipped with contactless devices that can authenticate employees with mask, and even better, read the temperature simultaneously. Strike two things with one, and FingerTec Face ID 5 is a great choice to consider.

Maintain that Social Distancing
No. No group hugs just yet, please. Maybe in 2028, if we are lucky. Take that ruler and start making adjustments to the seating positions to ensure that one person is sitting at least one meter apart from another. And, stop that office gossip or take it online; whispering is dangerous for everyone's health. 

Stop Hotdesking
Maybe it was hip in 2019, not anymore. Sharing space is a bad idea in this pandemic. A company must assign a permanent space for each employee, and if that space is not available, work from home is a better option for that employee.  

Make Wash Hand Easy
Nobody fancies frequent washroom visits just to wash hands. Add a few sinks in the office to accommodate and encourage this behaviour. Just a few simple sinks to wash hands; they are not gonna cut a hole in a company's pocket, right? 

Contactless Bathroom Products
And it's time for a company to consider contactless bathroom products like a contactless soap dispenser, a contactless tissue dispenser, automatic flushing. Expensive? Not really if HR knows how to explore the likes of Shopee for better deals on these essential items. 

The pandemic has taken a toll on everybody, and many fear going back to the office with a total capacity. Before sending that memo asking all to return to the office 'as usual', perhaps HR can offer sessions to understand those fear and find ways to mitigate them.