With many businesses reopening from 1 June, this is probably a good time to start preparing for what to expect in the workplace. Not everyone is fortunate enough to work from home, and for those who can’t, it is useful to know what’s coming.
The first thing to remember is that prevention is way better than the cure when it comes to the Coronavirus.
So, please always wear a mask when you’re in public and shared spaces at work. Also, keep washing your hands thoroughly and using sanitiser throughout the day to limit the chances of infection.
Get ready to have your temperature checked every day, as well as checks for the common symptoms such as cough, sore throat, redness of eyes or difficulty breathing.
You’re also expected to tell your employer if you have body aches, show signs of nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea, fatigue, weakness or tiredness, or can no longer smell or taste.
Social distancing at work
Expect social distancing to be enforced between you and your colleagues, as well as customers.
If you happen to work in an office, your work station will have to be 1,5 m from your colleagues, or a physical barrier has to be put up. Also expect to have to wear protective equipment, no matter where you work or what you do.
The tea room or break area will never be the same again. Social distancing applies here and in in common areas as well.
Depending on your work situation, you may be asked to stagger your breaks to avoid too many people gathering in potentially high-risk areas.
Workers who are at greater risk need to be given special protective measures. The regulations do not stipulate precisely how to do this, leaving it to every employer to decide what is most appropriate.
Vulnerable workers are those with health conditions ranging from chronic lung, heart, kidney or liver disease to those with diabetes, severe obesity, or asthma.
The coming months will be a period of adjustment for everyone as we adapt to new routines and protocols. We can’t expect everything to work perfectly first time out, but we will surely learn and adjust as we go along.
Contact us on 0860 110 702 or visit www.nedbank.co.za for more information and assistance.