As states begin to relieve their stay-at-home orders to allow non-essential businesses to function, many companies will need to consider social distancing, face coverings, and in-store capacity protocols before they begin opening. Companies must prioritize the health and safety of both their employees and customers. With this in mind, you should adhere to any health guidelines put in place in your state. Here are a few tips to help you reopen safely and effectively.
First, prepare your business for the transitions. Inside your business, ensure that all seating areas, work stations, and communal spaces are at least six feet apart to adhere to social distancing guidelines. You can also implement staggering shifts for your employees to limit the amount of people in your business at once.
Next, work to create an employee wellness plan that keeps track of your employee’s health. If your employees can work-from-home and keep to business going, encourage them to do so. If your employees must come back into the office here are a few things to provide:
- Provide PPE for all employees and even clients. Face masks have played a significant role in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Provide face masks for your employees to wear during the workday.
- Begin taking your employees temperature at the beginning of their workday. This has already been implemented on a broad scale, and will likely become a requirement for businesses reopening.
- Give your employees a symptom survey to fill out at the beginning of their shift, to better understand the potential risky employees.
- COVID-19 Testing for employees. Employers may be required to record an employees COVID-19 status.
You should also implement new protocols for handling physical objects. For example, limit the number of payment options to a cashless model, giving the customer the ability to insert or swipe their card. For both retail and food industries provide a pickup rack with their items available at curbside pickup.
Lastly, be sure to communicate! Being honest and transparent during uncertain times is vital to retaining customers and employees. Communicate even more than you have before. Be sure to post or reach out to customers about new hours, new protocols, and other changes to your business model. Be willing and ready to listen to customers and employees concerns and adjust accordingly.
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