With businesses gearing up to reopen, employers are figuring out how to navigate through this uncertain time and create a new normal for all their employees. You might be feeling excited to be getting back to work or to apply for a new job in one of the high demand industries, it’s essential to be prepared to experience some changes. 

  • Most employers are asking employees to do a temperature check before coming into the building to work. Employees are advised to stay home if they feel any hint of illness.
  • Many businesses will have restrictions on the number of patrons allowed in the building at a time, requiring masks, and asking people to maintain a safe distance of 6 feet from each other.
  • Offices may install plexiglass shields between desks, especially if the workspace is traditionally open.
  • There will possibly be fewer in-person meetings and limits to the number of employees allowed in a meeting room at a time.
  • Employees will be asked to wash their hands regularly, and gloves may be provided.
  • Cleanliness in your place of work will be a top priority, and employees may be asked to disinfect work areas thoroughly.
  • Some places of business will ask people to walk or sit in the same direction, so they are not directly facing each other.
  • Employers may ask employees to use the stairs instead of the elevator if able.
  • Some employees may come back to work in shifts so that buildings are not overcrowded, and people can maintain a safe distance.
  • Employees could be advised to enter and exit the buildings through different doors and space out times so that people can move to their workstations safely.

It’s essential to be adaptable and ready to take all necessary safety precautions when returning to work. Make sure to ask your employer what specific measures you will need to consider when you return to work and don’t be afraid to ask for necessary sanitation supplies.