Return to Work Tips

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.


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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Ash Klemm

Ash has over 20 years of experience in sales and marketing. His journey from a casual salesperson at Chandlers to State Manager at a national IT distribution company, while battling health issues, including a double lung transplant in 2015, gave him the experience, know-how, tenacity, and marketing insight, to find solutions and help businesses grow. After spending several years in the ivory tower of state management, Ash missed the genuine connection of face to face meetings and helping make a difference to businesses in need. His authentic, conversational, and easy-going nature helps our customers feel at ease and shows them we are a brand to trust. Ash spends his days advocating for our customers to ensure they receive the best possible service in a timely fashion. Ash is also the in house chair builder. His curiosity and natural problem-solving ability make him the perfect first call for all our new customers to help determine what is wrong, how Surety IT can help and what the best solutions are moving forward.
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