The corona virus lockdown has shown us days where people were crying to go back to their offices, an unimaginable situation really. But with the things we have seen over the last one year, this one bothers the least. People have seen their family, friends, partners die because of the corona virus and they still stand strong because they know that they have to look after themselves.
Working is a great distraction from the aforementioned tragedies, but working from home does little to no good because the memories of their loved ones haunt them as they were once a part of their homes. Therefore, it is important to get out of your house and plan a return to work strategy before you get back to your respective offices to ensure the safety of everyone at your workplace. The following five tips will help you with that big time.
Know About The Workplace Safety Hazards and Educate Your Colleagues About Them
It might seem like a generic advice, but then again, generic things exist because they have some substance to them. You must research about the possible safety hazards at your respective workplaces and make sure that you educate your colleagues about them. These hazards are not just corona virus related, they can range from a malfunctioning air conditioner to lack of fire extinguishers. Therefore, it is important to know about the conditions of your offices before you rejoin them after the quarantine gets over.
Make Use of Workplace Safety Programs
Employers understand the importance of having a secure environment at their respective offices and because of that, they have chosen to implement several workplace safety programs. Since corona virus is the hot topic right now, they have made sure that proper equipment like thermal scanner and sanitization machines are available in their offices. Apart from that, they carry out different kind of seminars and drives to educate their employees about how to maintain a safe working environment. Remember, everything requires a two way effort. If your employers are ready to protect you with whatever they have, you must not shy away from learning about those methods.
Wearing Proper Protective Equipment
Now, we do not expect you to roam around in your office premises wearing PPE kits. But there must be some protective gears that you must have all the time with you. You must wear a mask when you are in your office and around the people. Wearing a mask not only ensures your safety, but it ensures that of others as well. Therefore, you must wear a mask, carry a sanitizer and if the need arises, you must wear a face-shield.
Regular Breaks Must Be Taken
The importance of breaks have been criminally underestimated. You must ask your employers to give you regular breaks so that you can focus on something else other than work. During those breaks, you can do anything you need to do to keep yourself fresh and up. If you do not get breaks at regular intervals at your workplace then it might start to seem toxic to you and then you might feel trapped in your offices which is a tough spot to be at.
Ensure Less Work Stress
There are a lot of ways to do that. But how does reducing the work stress on yourself ensure your safeties? Well, it is all about the psychological factors associated with this tip. You all have seen traumatizing times and still somehow recuperating with that, there are some people in your offices who are there because they wanted a distraction from a personal tragedy. There are coping and if they are subjected to a lot of workload, then their idea of recuperating might backfire on them. So, it is up to you and your employers to ensure a stress free work environment which also guarantees safety by keeping them mentally healthy.
When you are determined to overcome the tragedies you have faced and decided to not stop at anything before accomplishing that, then everyone around must stand in solidarity with you. After all, we all have to look after each other. Employers must also make sure that their employees who have faced a personal tragedy due to the virus must be treated gently when they begin going back to work after quarantine is over.
It is not being implied here that those employees must be treated differently and become the center of the attention, but being nice to them and acknowledging their loss will be really nice. Also, following the above-mentioned tips will really help the employees to get along without putting their colleagues at the risk of getting infected. Organizations must encourage such behavior by rewarding those who strictly adhere to the precautions against the deadly virus.