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Business News/ Brand Post / Heading back to the office after lock down? Follow these safety protocols

It has been a year since the first case of the Coronavirus was recorded in Wuhan, China. The deadly virus has gripped the entire world, burdening healthcare infrastructure and crippling economies. Considering the seriousness of the situation and the safety of the workers, almost all the organizations have asked their employees to work from home. As social distancing became the norm, the workforce took to working from home.

Businesses that can still function with employees working remotely are maintaining the status quo. But the remote working situation has adversely affected productivity for some organizations. Therefore, many workplaces are now choosing to open up. However, to take this drastic step, organizations need to follow some essential protocols to ensure the employees get back to work safely.

If you are planning to head back to office after the lockdown, here are some essential tips that organizations as well as HR departments must prioritize to ensure the safety of the employees.

Mandatory temperature checks and sanitization

There should be thermal screening at the entry points and sanitization stations available at all entry points and outside elevators on every level. All the areas including the cafeteria and elevators must be sanitized frequently to reduce the chances of infection. In addition, advise the employees to carry a hand sanitizer, especially if after they use the lift or washrooms.

Follow social distancing rules

Social distancing should be maintained everywhere in the office, especially in cafeterias. If possible, carry your own food and water and avoid the cafeteria food. But if you must eat from the cafeteria, make sure all the cooks and the serving staff are wearing masks, gloves, and hairnets. Also, make sure that the tables and chairs are sanitized. If you have a cubicle, make sure every surface inside is sanitized before you enter.

Don’t forget to wear a mask

A face mask is mandatory not only when you are outside but also inside the office. So, the management needs to make it mandatory for all the employees wear a mask. In addition to making it mandatory, the management also needs to provide proper training to the employees on the correct ways of putting on a mask. For instance, not covering the nose when wearing a mask or if there is a gap between the nose and mask doesn’t serve the purpose. These are some additional important points that need to be followed.


These are only some of the safety tips that need to be followed so that employees can be safely back to work in the new normal. Randstad India understands the importance of safety at workplace, which is why they have come up with the Safely Back to Work: Best Practice Handbook. The handbook shares safety protocols that will help in restarting the economy and create a future of work that will help employees get back to work safely. Visit to download the handbook today.

Disclaimer: This is a company press release. No HT journalist was involved in the creation of this content.

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Updated: 24 Nov 2020, 06:05 PM IST
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