The new plexiglass workspaces you see above are an important start in creating a Covid secure workplace at Dynamic Dox. Screening adds a layer of protection and assists where social distancing is not possible.
We were pleased to install the screens and make changes in transitory areas, including the routes people use to get around. A one way movement system will prevent them crossing, or needing to open, or close doors.
Protecting our valued team’s health is our primary concern. They also need to feel confident, as business rebuilds across the UK and they return to office life.
Our staff members enjoy supporting their clients in an accurate, yet friendly manner. Ensuring they still feel able to do so will require a blend of common sense, new working rules and attention to detail.
Safeguarding health means analysing the activities people carry out and the situations this puts them in. Risk can be measured to a fair degree and either controlled, or with a little thought, eliminated.
Roles, or tasks can be changed to reduce risk, additional equipment provided. Extra storage can be available for personal possessions, staff should be encouraged to bring their own food and refreshments, or only prepare items for themselves.
Varied arrival and departure times will reduce close contact, additional parking increases space there. Providing safe storage racks for bikes makes sense, for those who normally rely on public transport.
Good handwashing and sanitising facilities are naturally required and we are placing them carefully. Our staff will be encouraged to use them and to communicate on a topic which is vital to their lives.
Levels of anxiety about coronavirus will vary from person to person. Ensuring all our staff are able to discuss concerns over their wellbeing will matter to them and to the success of the workplace.
This helps to involve people in change and gives an opportunity to explain changes made to create a Covid secure workplace. Ideas can also come from our staff, which help the approach to be practical and viable.
How they feel in a literal sense matters above all. If anyone at work develops possible symptoms of coronavirus, they must feel able to be open about this, not that they are in any way letting people down.
We have shared risk assessment details and produced a memo for staff on what to do when symptomatic, in terms of isolation, test and trace. They also understand that immediately notifying their line manager is the best way to help everyone.
Their colleagues health is protected, the company they work for can continue to supply services and they will be back soon. Building a secure place to work is a team effort, which supports those inside and outside every business.