The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the world, in a world which is now more connected than ever before.
Right now work from home is happening all over the world, conferences are digital and technology is key.
The reality is, as connected as we are, people still have to and need to live and connect physically.
Not everyone can work from home or shop online, there are children who need to go to daycare.
One thing that is for sure, organizations that can deliver on hygiene and PPE, will win.
Providing PPE and keeping your PPE supplies well-stocked in your organization can be a costly expense.
However, in the long run, a safe organization of any sort is a more productive and profitable one.
This promotes a positive working environment where staff feel safe and are motivated.
Ensuring both employees and people who enter your organization are provided with quality PPE may cost you right but in the long term, you will avoid costs that would otherwise eat into your profit.
Think of it as an investment, because this will keep them coming back.
By providing the required PPE you are sending a clear message that you value your workforce and run a responsible business for any who enter.
Employee wellbeing and satisfaction are key aspects of any successful business that ensure your brand is perceived well by your staff, clients, customers and those who may connect with your organization in the future.
Frequent, open conversations with employees are vital, sit down with people, and as they share concerns, you share information about procedures and local regulations.
On the basis of that conversation, update the guidelines you have, or write new guidelines to make it work.
It is important to give people a voice in how you are going to go about keeping everyone safe and feeling positive in a time where some people are looking at PPE like a punishment, not a lifesaver.
It is about participation and an attitude of learning, as well as educating people.
It is always about reminding people that they are in a community - that it is not just about their own rights.
It is more importantly about people coming together safely.
PPE is an important consideration for any organization.
Make sure you are aware of your obligations and source quality equipment that is fit for purpose.
Train your staff on how to use the equipment and introduce procedures for reporting damaged or defective equipment.
PPE is not a cure-all for every workplace hazard.
It should be used alongside appropriate safety procedures and training.
Where a hazard cannot be eliminated, PPE should be used to reduce risk.
Be sure to document any procedural changes, whether that is the use of PPE, certain hygiene, or spacing or scheduling requirements.
This way, everyone operates from the same playbook.
People, in the end, will appreciate your organization's effort tenfold.
We are all living in a time of uncertainty, giving people that sense of safety and care matter more now than ever before in our time.