As states are beginning to reopen and lift some of the restrictions set in place for the COVID-19 pandemic, businesses are assessing how and when they’re going to reopen. Many are tasked with not only navigating the guidelines set forth by their state, but are also working to establish an entirely new way of doing business. Regardless of industry, each and every business in America has had to make difficult but necessary decisions to develop a strategic plan of action for reopening.
For some, it’s allowing employees to continue to work from home for the remainder of the year. For others, it’s implementing a phased-approach of reintroducing both employees and customers to their business environment. For all, a plan that involves a high standard of cleanliness and sanitation is of the utmost importance. Transparency and clear communication of reopening plans, both internally and externally, is proving to be critical for success and support during these trying times.
We surveyed business owners and upper-level managers who work for organizations with 500+ employees. The questions covered how they are keeping their work environment hygienic and their employees and customers safe. These were their responses:
In conclusion, it’s clear that most businesses are listening to guidelines and recommendations and placing a higher emphasis on cleanliness and sanitation -- for not only their employees to feel safe, but for the safety of their customers as well. These actions and higher standards are becoming the new norm in nearly every industry worldwide and will pave the way for the future of hygienic standards in business overall.