With many businesses continuing to open back up, many employees will begin transitioning from working from home to working back in the office at the start of the new year. While many people are eager to return to the normal 8:00-5:00 workday in a traditional office setting, many workers are hesitant to return to the office and be around other people. Depending on office spaces, some companies have an easier time socially distancing their workers than others. With the COVID-19 pandemic still going on, it is important to keep practicing precautions when in the workplace.
The transition from the work-from-home life to working in the office will take time to fully adjust. While the transition is taking place, it is important to remember to do the following practices:
- Continue to practice social distancing and wearing masks – If possible, keep work stations and offices spaced out to better practice social distancing. Wearing masks in the office and while around fellow co-workers can help prevent and sickness from spreading around the office.
- Wipe down work stations – Keeping shared spaces (as well as personal spaces) is extremely necessary when starting to work in the office again. Clean off all surfaces possible at least once a day in order to kill bacteria, this includes desks, tables, phones, doorknobs, etc. Don’t forget cell phones, office phones, keyboards, and mice. This can be made easier by keeping disinfectant close at hand and using hand sanitizer and washing hands frequently.
- Continue to meet virtually when possible – While it might sometimes be easier to meet in person after returning to the office, meeting with co-workers is still safer when done virtually. This makes it easier to continue social distancing and preventing any spread of disease. When meeting with co-workers face-to-face, continue to wear a mask, to stay six feet apart, and to avoid shaking hands.