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With some Australian employees starting to return to their workplaces, at least for part of the working week, we’ve put together some simple return to work tips to ensure you have a safe and effective work environment.

Workplace cleaning

As well as professional office cleaning, ensure employees regularly clean individual work stations and personal items with disinfectant wipes including:

  • Mouse
  • Keyboard
  • Laptop cover
  • Phone
  • Eye glasses
  • Desktops
  • Draw handles

This is especially important for hot desks and other shared workspaces.

Safework Australia provides detailed information on how to effectively clean and disinfect workplaces.

Manage Workplace Attendance

To minimise the number of staff in your workplace at the one time, consider staggering shifts, or alternating work days or weeks for teams or groups of employees.

For instance Team A could attend work one week, then work from home the second week when Team B is on site.

Social Distancing

Minimise contact between staff by ensuring there is adequate space between work stations, there are few or no face-to-face meetings, and breaks are staggered so there are minimal staff in kitchens and breakout areas.

Attendance Policy

Ensure you have a clear policy communicated to all staff regarding workplace attendance and illness. If employees have cold or flu symptoms, they should be required to take sick leave or work remotely.

Of course, if an employee has been exposed to coronavirus, suspects they may have coronavirus, or is waiting on the results of a coronavirus test, they should remain isolated in line with QLD Health coronavirus recommendations.

Technology

Ensure your employees are set up at work and at home with appropriate infrastructure and online collaboration tools to support effective and seemless working environments.

Contact Surety IT for expert assistance with your business cyber security and remote work technology including cloud hosting and Microsoft Teams Calling systems.

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About the author:

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart

Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled IT Challenger at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.

Surety IT’s mission is to address and overcome the 4 biggest problems businesses have with their IT systems and support which are: poorly performing systems, unreliable systems, unresponsive IT support and poor IT related advice.

We’ve developed a proprietary process that allows us to do that by: thoroughly understanding your business requirements, gaining an in-depth knowledge of your IT systems, identifying mission critical technology issues vital to your business performance and ensuring our ‘Solution Path’ process is specifically designed and tailored for you with value based solutions and support.

Give us a call or send us a message on our contact page to find out more about how we go about achieving these outcomes.

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