This is a follow-up to our blog on the measures businesses can be implementing to ensure their workplaces are as safe as possible for employees who are still working.
We researched what safety measures had been implemented in more than 30 local businesses to see what is actually being done to keep employees safe, and which measures are more popular than others.
The companies we looked at are all functioning but to different degrees, as some are operating fully and others are running a reduced workload. Depending on the different workplaces, some methods of protection will be more important than others so if there are companies not implementing a particular strategy, it isn’t necessarily bad, it just might not be as helpful or easy for them to implement compared to others.
Over half of the companies we looked at have installed two metre markings on their floors to help employees navigate around others safely. 48% have started conducting additional deep cleans and/or fogging with chemicals to reduce the risk of the virus being transmitted from surfaces. Almost every business has installed sanitising stations in addition to hand washing facilities. Positively we’re also seeing that 72% are staggering break times to reduce the amount of people gathering in break out spaces and 48% are relaxing their guidelines on clocking in and out so employees can enter and exit the buildings safely and without jeopardising absence policies.
We will be monitoring this on a weekly basis to get a clear picture of the changing situation, especially in light of Sunday’s government announcement to allow some employees back to work if they can’t work from home. With this news, we should see more of the measures implemented as more staff return.