Get ideas for social distancing at the office including conference room social distancing plus products & tactics that make employees feel safe.
A show of hands, please (sanitized hands, that is): How many of us wash our reusable face masks every day? Some of you—nay, many of you—are rock stars and have yesterday’s masks in the dryer right this minute. You’re the alphas who sleep trained your newborns by week three, organized all the office potlucks (when those were still a thing), and never left your garbage cans at the curb overnight. It’s you guys who make the world keep spinning and my hat’s off to you (not my mask, that stays on). I, conversely, am usually late to every trend, the last to volunteer for the carpool (not that there is one at the moment), and forget my phone every single time I leave the house. This is an odd, long-winded, and long-winding way to bring up the touchy subject of office social distancing in general and conference room social distancing in particular.
Where’s the connection, and why so touchy? Well, for starters, rules keep changing and in many cases there are no hard and fast rules to begin with. Not only do recommendations vary, but routines and lifestyles at home do, too. Like, how strictly your family is quarantining or how often you’re exposed to strangers and for how long. So staying safe as we return to office life to whatever extent we do, is a moving target that can make tensions rise.
Social distancing while in the office seems to be one common theme we can all wrap our metaphorical arms around. When there’s doubt, it’s best to keep social distance intact. What we do know about returning to work, or pretty much everything else during COVID, is that social distancing is a good idea. Six feet, to be exact. If you spread your arms and spin, and the co-worker next to you does the same, hopefully your sanitized fingers don’t touch.
One of many things COVID is teaching us as employers and employees is how creative, flexible, and resourceful we can be in the name of keeping everyone safe. With that in mind, here are a few office social distancing ideas and tips for making tricky, tension-filled situations more relaxed, for employees ranging from the nightly mask washer types to the “does a beach bonfire with good friends count as risky?” types.
Whether you’re preparing to welcome employees back into the office, or continue to encourage them to feel as safe as possible under strange circumstances, here are a few tips and products that we think will help:
Send customized masks to make wearing them fun, and offer options if you can to suit individual preferences, like different colors, patterns, thickness, or a shield instead of a mask:
Full Color 3-Layer Reusable Face Mask
Reusable Face Mask
Custom Plastic Face Shield
Send a “back to work” PPE kit to each employee’s home. We like these:
Essential Back to Work Kit
Essential Protection Kit
Greet returning employees with fun, functional tools that help them feel welcome, hopeful, and prepared:
Full Color Touch-Free Tool
Eco-Planter 3 Pack
Tip: For more in-office social distancing product ideas, browse our full selection of Social Distancing Products. To see all our offerings related to COVID-19 protection, including masks, antimicrobial pens, and more, take a look at our full collection of COVID-19 Related Products.
Back in the good ol’ days of say, 2019, office social distancing applied to the co-worker with untreated halitosis or the lunchtime runner who insisted there was no time for a shower. But today it applies to everyone and it’s an opportunity to unite us in mutual respect and protection.
When I re-enter my office building (whenever that is), it’ll be with a stack of clean masks and an affinity for telecommuting and very small groups. Come to think of it, just as good fences make good neighbors, I suspect implementing social distancing ideas at the office may improve morale, collaboration, and tolerance for mid-day workouts and garlic-filled lunches.
For more ideas about how to keep your team, customers, and business safe, check out:
P.S. As I finish up this blog I’m washing all my masks. They’re in the washing machine now, which is set to “hot”.
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