The modern office has been disrupted, and business owners have to implement new office protocols to ensure the smooth running of their businesses. In this article, we are going to explore the major office protocols to implement during this pandemic.


Encourage Sick Workers To Stay At Home 

Many employees would like to show up at work even when they are sick, so they don't lose out on bonuses and salaries. However, sick workers are a danger to the workplace. Hence, business leaders should encourage all sick workers to stay at home for 3 to 7 days. While they are at home, they should send updates on their health so appropriate actions can be taken. 


Optimize For Corporate Hygiene

The societal awareness of contagious diseases will change the design of the office layout. For instance, hand washing will become the new ritual as employees and customers enter the office. In addition, furniture made with materials that can be easily cleaned will be preferred. 


Encourage Morale Building activities 

Companies should allow employees to discuss personal matters such as their families, pets, and hobbies which they wouldn't have discussed at other times. Morale building helps in focusing the team efforts towards a common vision by enhancing the positivity among members. 


Here are a few morale building activities that you can start:


  • Ensure everyone is constantly updated on expectations and the plans of the company via virtual meetings and video conferencing. 

  • Managers and unit leaders should check in with individual members to ensure that everyone is able to air their personal challenges and concerns. 

  • Maintain a sense of community by creating virtual opportunities for all employees.

  • HR should operate with more kindness and willingness to listen. 


Prevent The Spread Of COVID-19 

You can check the CDC website for the latest guidelines on how businesses need to plan and respond to COVID-19. Here are a few guidelines:


  • The head of the company should be responsible for all communications regarding the impact of COVID-19 on the business process. 

  • There should be a balance between compassion and hardcore facts, so effective decisions can be made. 

  • In case of a positive COVID-19 case, private medical information should not be shared without written consent.  

  • When there's a positive case, the news should be shared immediately to prevent possible spreading of the disease. 

  • To maintain calmness and focus, the company should engage in frequent communication during this pandemic. 



Maintain Healthy Business Operations 

You may want to choose a workplace coordinator who will be responsible for COVID-19 issues and how they impact the company. In addition, you may want to ensure that sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance. These policies should allow employees to stay at home in order to care for sick relatives. Ensure that employees are aware of and understand these policies.


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