If there’s one thing business owners have learned over the past two years, it’s how to adapt quickly and efficiently to new challenges.
The start of the Covid-19 pandemic brought with it a lot of stress and new issues to deal with, and while many businesses failed and crumbled under the pressure, many businesses coped well and even flourished.
However, even two years later, we still need to be prepared for new challenges and manage expectations surrounding the pandemic. Protecting your staff, business and customers is an important part of staying afloat during these times. Here’s what you need to be doing.
Offer Regular Testing for Unvaccinated Staff
Many people still feel unsafe in 2022, and their peace of mind is important. Some businesses have implemented mandatory vaccinations for their staff, but if this isn’t viable for you, you could offer regular testing instead to ensure everyone’s safety.
A PCR vs rapid test could yield differing results, but for quick and easy testing, a rapid test will be your best bet. However, a PCR test is a gold standard for accurate results.
Allow For Remote Work Where Possible
Times have changed and we’ve all learned that time spent in the office is not necessarily better or more productive than time spent working remotely, from the comfort of your own home. If you have staff that is able to work efficiently from home, allow them to do so as far as possible.
You’ll need to be able to efficiently manage your remote workers and ensure their productivity, but this is a great way to limit contact, protect staff and keep everyone feeling relaxed.
Adhere to Regulations
Of course, it’s crucial that businesses continue to adhere to regulations in their areas. If masks are mandatory, ensure that your staff is masked up at all times and that you do not allow customers on the premises without a mask either.
Follow social distancing regulations and limit the number of people in a store if necessary. These regulations will all depend on where you are located, and you’ll need to ensure that you are up to date on current restrictions.
Provide Sanitising Stations for Staff and Customers
Offering that extra hygiene and peace of mind can help everyone feel safer. A sanitizing station is a great way to encourage both staff and customers to practice good hygiene and sanitize their hands regularly.
There are plenty of different options for sanitising stations for your business. Take a look online for the ones that will suit your needs best.
Give Staff Training
Finally, you can train your employees on how to work effectively during lockdowns, and even in easier times related to the pandemic. There are certifications such as workplace safety and even Covid cleaning certifications for your cleaning staff if you have any.
Having well-trained staff can help ensure that everyone feels safe, that regulations are followed, and that the spread of the virus is prevented as far as possible.