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Workplace adjustments in a post-pandemic world

As Circuit Breaker restrictions are beginning to ease, businesses are looking to the future and what they can do to keep their employees and customers safe.

The Ministry of Manpower is recommending that employees work from home where possible. However, depending on the nature of the business, physically going into the workplace may be unavoidable and therefore precautionary measures must be in place.

For many food and beverage establishments and retail outlets, it’s almost impossible to operate regular business without dealing with customers face to face in some capacity, therefore it is imperative for them to have appropriate safeguards in place to allow their businesses to continue safely.

Face masks are now required by law in Singapore, but in addition to this other steps that businesses can consider are: limiting the numbers of customers in their store, implementing SafeEntry at the door to facilitate contact tracing with the use of QR codes, ensuring that hand gel is available for customer use, and cleaning of common touch points such as door handles and counter tops more frequently.

One of the more robust safety solutions that is new to our world is to have physical shields separating staff and customers. Systems such as our GuardUp range create a physical barrier whilst allowing face-to-face communication to continue and can help employers safeguard both their employees and customers.

Similar screening devices have already been deployed successfully in countries including USA, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, France, Germany and Norway and we will no doubt see these being deployed in many work environments in Singapore over the next few months.

This is a strange new world, and the “new normal” is something we are all going to have to make adjustments to get used to.

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