By Rachel Peck
Eclipse Media Group is slowly starting to integrate back into our physical office space after nearly three months working entirely remotely. Like so many others, we found ourselves quickly thrown into a fully remote working environment, but now are faced with a very different office landscape. New questions arise, as we start the process of moving back – such as “Do we take conference calls in the same room?” or “What are the rules for shared kitchen space?” and “Do I carry a bottle of hand sanitizer with me everywhere?” now must be taken into account. While we begin navigating this new world, we thought we would share a few tips to help guide you in heading back to work.
Communicate with your employees on what they feel comfortable with
Even if your business is midsize or small, there are still many valid concerns that could prohibit an employee from wanting to reenter a physical workspace. With this in mind, it’s a good idea to have those conversations with each employee – ask what they feel comfortable with. Employees might feel comfortable entering the office again, by not having in-person meetings, or sharing common spaces, such as conference rooms and break rooms. Begin by having open and honest conversations and answering questions as best you can.
Make sure you’re in compliance with city and state guidelines
This is especially important if you’re working in an office building, or your business provides in-person services to customers. If you’re in an office building, what are the requirements? Are you allowed to use elevators? Must you be wearing a mask at all times? If multiple tenants are sharing bathrooms, what are the ways you should be mitigating risks in those spaces? Owners, managers and employees should all be educating themselves on any new policies or guidelines they’ll have to adhere to.
Enjoy being back in your space (just clean it often)
Truthfully, we’ve been excited to return to our office space for a while now. Working from home has its many perks, but so does a comfortable office space free of distractions from children, spouses and pets. But don’t get too excited too quickly. We still have a long way to go and must continue to ensure the health and safety of ourselves and those around us. So, clean your workspace often, wipe down the coffee machine, microwave and refrigerator after use. Wash your hands frequently and for the recommended amount of time. Wear your mask whenever you find yourself in common spaces. Don’t share food, or drinks (you should be doing this anyway). And if you’re sick or uncomfortable working around others, stay safe at home.