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Social Distancing in the Workplace

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Social distancing is key to protecting staff from COVID-19 and helping to limit the spread of the outbreak overall.

For the sales and service industry, remote working isn’t generally a possibility, so how do you enact social distancing in the workplace?

Here are some tips:
  • Increase distance between work-stations,
  • Encourage Employees to stay at home if sick,
  • Stop handshaking as a greeting,
  • Hold meetings via video conferencing or phone call (even within the office),
  • Defer large meetings,
  • Hold essential meetings outside in the open air if possible,
  • Encourage proper hand-washing techniques,
  • Promote good sneeze/cough hygiene,
  • Provide hand sanitizer for all staff and workers,
  • Have staff take lunch at their desks or outside (weather permitting) rather than in the lunch room,
  • Clean and disinfect high touch surfaces regularly,
  • Consider opening windows and adjusting air conditioning for more ventilation,
  • Limit food handling and sharing of food in the workplace,
  • Reconsider non-essential business travel,
  • Consider if large gatherings can be rescheduled, staggered or cancelled.

These methods can be used to provide protection to all workers until the situation has stabilized.

Published: March 25, 2020

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