As a facility manager do you want to know how to deal with the outbreak of Coronavirus in the workplace, both in terms of prevention, and containment in case of infection, if yes then this Blog will certainly answer all your queries?
As a facility manager you being In charge of your facility viz-a-viz repair & maintenance of offices, upkeep & hygiene of the premise, soft services, allied services & most importantly people, it becomes the core responsibility of facility managers to take action towards implementing the right prevention and containment strategies in the workplace to safeguard PEOPLE & PREMISE from this deadly virus. The following action steps can help you achieve this;
- Encourage & implement WORK FROM HOME policy: Encourage people to assign & adjust shifts. Implement measures for remote working. All support functions to adopt WFH policy unless necessary to be at office.
- Reduce physical proximity of staff: Take required control measures to reduce the density of staff in the same space. Maintain a minimum of 6 feet distance from one staff to another. Elevators should not be exceeded by more than 50% of their capacity. Prepare a Physical distance policy & implement it in the entire office. Avoid shaking hands with staff, clients, suppliers, or any other people you may need to interact with within the workplace.
- Ongoing cleaning & disinfection of premise: The cleaning team is well versed with the subject & requirement to reduce the likelihood of survival of the virus on surfaces and objects. The disinfection schedule to be made especially for common areas along with key components that may pose a threat of infection should be cleaned, replaced, or disinfected on a weekly basis.
- Avoid unnecessary travel especially International travel: Although business trips, events and fairs are an important part of your portfolio but at the same time you should be able to differentiate & conclude the urgent & important ones & accordingly take a call whether to travel or not. Instead, you may opt virtual meetings as it involves higher risk for contracting the infection and possibly bringing it back to your office & in turn infecting other staff or your family members.
- Spread awareness i.e. keep everyone informed: Make sure that the policies for sick leave in your workplace are flexible and in accordance with your national healthcare recommendations and ensure your staff knows about them. Place posters with rules and recommendations about hand hygiene, coughing, and sneezing, as well as for instructions on what to do in case an employee suspects of an infection.
What is your primary responsibility in case of an Infection?
If one or more members of your staff think they might be infected with the virus, it’s imperative that they do not come to work and immediately go to a hospital or healthcare center to get tested.
All co-workers who have been in contact with someone with COVID-19 should stay at home and get tested and treated as soon as possible. In case of an active outbreak, regular temperature checks of your staff can be a good way to assess their likelihood of having contracted the pathogen. FOLLOW THE PROTOCOL as set by your organization.
BE evolve amidst COVID-19 crisis: As you all know that all Blue collars staff are the extended arms of facility management operations & they are on the frontline even amidst this crisis & throughout working in tough conditions that you cannot even imagine. The biggest learning from this critical period is the management’s ability to cuddle a whole lot of newer measures & operating standards not only for the safety of employees but also to sustain the business. This COVID-19 pandemic has put the spotlight on the facility management services with a focus on cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitization. It has called for a renewed view for hygiene and overall facility management to adapt to the new set of challenges through differentiated services.
Change is the only constant in life and one has to adapt to this evolving crisis and find solutions in the form of differentiated services so adopt technology in a way that elevates efficiency and aids workforce and human intelligence, minimizing the risk of infections in office premise from the threat of COVID-19, has become core competency to the entire FM service delivery module, ensuring compliance with the government’s protocols on health and safety requirements, adhering to guidelines on hygiene practices, maintaining social distancing, and limiting personnel interaction & above all SAFETY FOREMOST are the crucial aspects.
Keep fighting & learning new curves to bend down its impact to provide the best & safe place to work to all.
ALL THE VERY BEST……………..!!