Coronavirus crisis: Minding your business

Precautionary measures for businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic
By Lucas Ferrer


“We just can’t shut down the world. So our job is going to be in the face of this coronavirus problem of making sure we also provide for the basic necessities for everyone until we get through.”

Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, USA.

In the face of a global pandemic, people are behaving in extreme ways. Supermarkets have been cleaned dry of rubbing alcohol. Face masks are sold out; some have even gone missing in hospitals. Airports and malls are empty. People are fighting over and hoarding toilet rolls, of all things.

So for businesses, it’s an unusual time. Economies around the world are suffering losses by the billions of dollars as businesses resort to mandatory unpaid leaves, layoffs or – in worst cases – indefinite shutdowns.

The question is, as COVID-19 continues to spread and affect people’s lives, can businesses still function and operate effectively?

Some companies have taken thoughtful precautionary measures to keep work going. If you are a business owner, it is key to remember that your company can still thrive if you are prepped and ready to do the following:

Prioritise hygiene

  • Thoroughly clean all common areas on a consistent basis. Disinfect tabletops, door handles, stairwell railings – anything that is regularly being touched. Sterilise toilets, sinks and taps. Get more people to help so that all bases are covered.
  • Have hand sanitizers ready at all entrances and exits so that people who come and go can regularly clean their hands.
  • Make sure you have soap in all kitchens, pantries and restrooms.
  • Spray down public areas with aerosol disinfectant.

Boost safety measures

  • Strictly check the temperature of all personnel as they enter work. Do this every day to ensure no one is above 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Provide face masks and encourage everyone to wear them throughout the day.

Spread awareness

  • Remind people constantly to maintain good personal hygiene and to use face masks as much as possible. Spread awareness through relevant postings around the workspace, group messages or emails and by word of mouth.
  • Post relevant contact details where personnel may report suspected cases of COVID-19 or if they have symptoms themselves.

Prepare contingency plans

  • Craft plans and measures to deal with suspected COVID-19 cases should they be reported at the workplace
  • Should there be a suspected case on your business premises, contact the local health authority immediately and impose strict measures to restrict movement. Reassign personnel to unaffected areas.

Work around meetings

  • Avoid meetings as much as you are able to, internally and externally.
  • Use digital tools like Zoom, Skype or Whatsapp for discussions and collaborations.

Impose travel restrictions and policies

  • Ban/suspend all overseas business trips. Keep an eye on high-alert countries. Discourage local travel as well.
  • Should any of your personnel travel overseas for personal trips, make sure they self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. It will also be helpful to require a medical certificate from these individuals before they come back to work.

These are some of the practical ways businesses can deal with the appearance of COVID-19. While there is not much we can do about the situation globally, there is a lot we can do to keep our companies and personnel afloat. With resilience and readiness, we expect everyone to see things through and come out victorious over the disease.



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Precautionary measures for businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemicBy Lucas Ferrer "We just can’t shut down the world. So our job is going to be in the face of this coronavirus problem of making sure we also provide for the basic necessities for everyone until we get through." Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, USA. In the face of a global pandemic, people are behaving in extreme ways. Supermarkets have been cleaned dry of rubbing alcohol. Face masks are sold out; some have even gone missing in hospitals. Airports...

Precautionary measures for businesses amid the COVID-19 pandemic
By Lucas Ferrer


“We just can’t shut down the world. So our job is going to be in the face of this coronavirus problem of making sure we also provide for the basic necessities for everyone until we get through.”

Dr. Michael Osterholm, Director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota, USA.

In the face of a global pandemic, people are behaving in extreme ways. Supermarkets have been cleaned dry of rubbing alcohol. Face masks are sold out; some have even gone missing in hospitals. Airports and malls are empty. People are fighting over and hoarding toilet rolls, of all things.

So for businesses, it’s an unusual time. Economies around the world are suffering losses by the billions of dollars as businesses resort to mandatory unpaid leaves, layoffs or – in worst cases – indefinite shutdowns.

The question is, as COVID-19 continues to spread and affect people’s lives, can businesses still function and operate effectively?

Some companies have taken thoughtful precautionary measures to keep work going. If you are a business owner, it is key to remember that your company can still thrive if you are prepped and ready to do the following:

Prioritise hygiene

  • Thoroughly clean all common areas on a consistent basis. Disinfect tabletops, door handles, stairwell railings – anything that is regularly being touched. Sterilise toilets, sinks and taps. Get more people to help so that all bases are covered.
  • Have hand sanitizers ready at all entrances and exits so that people who come and go can regularly clean their hands.
  • Make sure you have soap in all kitchens, pantries and restrooms.
  • Spray down public areas with aerosol disinfectant.

Boost safety measures

  • Strictly check the temperature of all personnel as they enter work. Do this every day to ensure no one is above 38 degrees Celsius.
  • Provide face masks and encourage everyone to wear them throughout the day.

Spread awareness

  • Remind people constantly to maintain good personal hygiene and to use face masks as much as possible. Spread awareness through relevant postings around the workspace, group messages or emails and by word of mouth.
  • Post relevant contact details where personnel may report suspected cases of COVID-19 or if they have symptoms themselves.

Prepare contingency plans

  • Craft plans and measures to deal with suspected COVID-19 cases should they be reported at the workplace
  • Should there be a suspected case on your business premises, contact the local health authority immediately and impose strict measures to restrict movement. Reassign personnel to unaffected areas.

Work around meetings

  • Avoid meetings as much as you are able to, internally and externally.
  • Use digital tools like Zoom, Skype or Whatsapp for discussions and collaborations.

Impose travel restrictions and policies

  • Ban/suspend all overseas business trips. Keep an eye on high-alert countries. Discourage local travel as well.
  • Should any of your personnel travel overseas for personal trips, make sure they self-quarantine for 14 days upon return. It will also be helpful to require a medical certificate from these individuals before they come back to work.

These are some of the practical ways businesses can deal with the appearance of COVID-19. While there is not much we can do about the situation globally, there is a lot we can do to keep our companies and personnel afloat. With resilience and readiness, we expect everyone to see things through and come out victorious over the disease.



Support ASEAN news

Investvine has been a consistent voice in ASEAN news for more than a decade. From breaking news to exclusive interviews with key ASEAN leaders, we have brought you factual and engaging reports – the stories that matter, free of charge.

Like many news organisations, we are striving to survive in an age of reduced advertising and biased journalism. Our mission is to rise above today’s challenges and chart tomorrow’s world with clear, dependable reporting.

Support us now with a donation of your choosing. Your contribution will help us shine a light on important ASEAN stories, reach more people and lift the manifold voices of this dynamic, influential region.

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Donation Total: $10.00

 

 

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