The restrictions put in place earlier this year to reduce the spread of COVID-19 are beginning to ease, being replaced by measured, phased-in business reopening plans across the country. Though this is a welcome direction, it’s important to remember that the novel coronavirus has not been wiped out, and its health risks are expected to be present for the foreseeable future. Given the continued risk as they reopen, organizations must continue best practices to mitigate the spread of the virus in order to protect their customers and employees. Here are some things to consider as you begin to reopen during this unique time.
As employees begin to come back into the office, everyone should continue to adhere to the CDC recommendations for washing hands, interpersonal contact, mouth and nose coverings, and sanitization procedures. An organization can:
These recommendations for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic are national in scope. OSHA has also published back-to-work guidelines.
Each state has guidelines as well, and some have released business reopening plans. An organization considering reopening needs to follow their state guidelines. For the states that Centric Business Systems services, those reopening guidelines can be found here:
For workers coming back into the office who use a printer, copier, or MFP, we’ve provided some other recommendations in our previous blog post, “Protecting Your Employees and Equipment During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” that you also may find helpful.
In some cases, a firm may find that some employees can continue to work from home. With the right communication and collaboration tools, these employees can productively do their jobs without the need to be in the office. And, with the right security measures in place, their work and the information they work with can be as secure as if they were in the office. Our blog post “Remote Work with Secure Access to Information” covers some ways organizations can support remote and work-from-home employees efficiently, productively, and securely.
At Centric, we are committed to supporting and servicing our clients in the safest way possible during these times. Some of the things we have done and are doing to accomplish this include:
There is no doubt that COVID-19 has changed the way business will be conducted for quite some time. Centric is here to help you with the technology, solutions, and support you need to manage through this health crisis, keep your employees and customers safe, reopen, and thrive in this new reality. Please do not hesitate to call on us; we are ready to respond to help you reopen and become stronger than ever. We can be contacted at 1-877-902-3301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.