With the worries of Coronavirus, people are publishing blogs and articles about working from home. Friends are sharing images of them in their PJs, working from home. Conference calls are now a gamble as to which pet will embarrass their owner first.
For some people, it’s just not an option to work from home, so if you are still sharing communal facilities and need to have contact with other people it’s time to work flexible but also work safe.
Over the past few days I have reviewed our company’s Contingency Planning to make sure it’s up to scratch to cover the current COVID-19 issues.
I have read more information on disease containment that is necessary for one lifetime. But it all comes down to some very easy rules.
If you have to share a space with others, then you have to respect them and take a series of simple precautions.
As much as I’ve enjoyed the memes and photos sent to me by friends, knitting your own face mask and brewing up your own hand gel is not going to do any good.
Go to the source. The UK Government’s own GOV.UK which has up to date information and links to guidance from both the Department of Health and Social Care and Public Health England.
I remember when that phrase was stuck on mirrors to make you think about your own safety. It’s still true.
We all have to take responsibility for making sure we wash our hands and not sneezing over everyone else.
Make yourself aware of the symptoms of COVID-19 and how it’s spread by bookmarking and reading the GOV.UK website.
Your workplace should have a policy on what to do if you are showing symptoms. Make sure you know what it says and what you should do.
If you think you may be showing symptoms then isolate yourself immediately and call 111.
Washing your hands is something we should all have been doing anyway (why do people need to be told this, it’s not a social nicety, it’s essential) but just in case you are still not sure how to wash your hands then the NHS have produced a great PDF you can download that shows you how.
Things you can sing or recite that take 40 – 60 seconds whilst washing your hands …
Or you can create your own poster using the fantastic washyourlyrics.com
I went for Jolene by Dolly Parton for mine!
You are sharing a space with other people. Don’t stand over them and cough! Dispose of that paper hankie straight away.
Don’t leave dirty plates and crockery on your desk. It’s very easy to end up just rinsing out your mug at the end of the day, don’t. And also DON’T wash it in the toilets. By law, companies must supply separate washing facilities for crockery away from toilets. Use them. Dry your cup on a paper towel rather than the dodgy tea towel that hasn’t been washed this century.
Keep a clear desk policy – it’s easier to wipe your desk down with an antibacterial wipe when it’s clear. Did you know, when you use an antibacterial wipe or spray you need to let it dry before you use the surface or you run the risk of dissipating the effectiveness?
Be safe out there!
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Flexspace have helped me turn my little dream into a profitable reality! Being a small business owner looking for premises can sometimes be daunting but Loraine and the Flexspace team helped me with every step in finding the perfect solution for my business and I couldn’t be more grateful.
The team go above and beyond to look after their tenants and nothing is every too much trouble. Premises are clean, well maintained and I always feel extremely safe when I’m at work even on those dark winter nights! I have highly recommended Flexspace to fellow business owners – a hidden gem in Peterborough!
Our offices in Blackpool are easily accessible for the people we support, some of whom are in wheelchairs, there is a ramp to the entrance door and disabled facilities. Our offices are nicely decorated, comfortable and affordable.
Our Area Manager is very helpful and readily available should we have any queries or problems. The public areas are kept clean, safe and presentable. She goes over and above the call of duty for the clients.
I have enjoyed renting from Flexspace for the last 3 years and hopefully will be there for a good few years to come. Found the staff very helpful and easy to get on with.
Excellent service, the Centre team are happy to assist with meeting rooms at short notice. They ensure that repairs are carried out quickly. I needed several new sockets in my room and these were provided very quickly with no inconvenience to myself.
The staff are friendly, professional and knowledgeable and nothing is ever a problem.
Flexspace Dunfermline has had a big impact on the growth of my business over the last 3 years. Offering the ability to offer in-house training to clients with the use of the meeting room facilities. The team always ensure that the rooms are set up to the exact requirements I need to deliver the training to my clients. From equipment set up to the supply of refreshments to my delegates.
Having a dedicated team onsite that are always on hand to assist with anything from reception to administration is a real benefit to my business. The staff are always very approachable and nothing is ever too much for them when I ask for their assistance.
RDM Group has occupied buildings on the Bilton Industrial Estate for over 22 years and we have seen many owners in our time. In 2007 ‘Flexspace’ acquired the estate and through their resident manager, we have seen a dramatic improvement in the overall operation of the estate together with a continual investment and improvement program into the buildings, security and facilities which makes the estate an extremely good place for our company to be located.
Big thanks to you and Alan for your efficient handling of the whole process.
Many thanks for your support in our move into new office space, everything has been really smooth and easy even down to ensuring locks were changed and secure.
The facilities are excellent and spotlessly clean throughout and it’s so helpful for us to have access to additional rooms for booking for training events when we need it. We are so glad we made the move into a really pleasant and well maintained working environment.