Preparing to reopen your business premises and welcome staff back to work over the next couple of months?
With many companies across the UK currently getting ready to return to their workplaces imminently, it's crucial to understand how you can make the transition back into a regular working routine as safe and simple as possible for your colleagues.
- How To Welcome Your Team Into A Covid-Secure Workplace
- The Best Promotional Products To Encourage Social Distancing
Whether your employees have been working from home or have been furloughed, there's going to be a certain period of acclimatization needed - not least because of the changes required to make workplaces safer in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
How Can You Make Your Workplace Covid-Secure?
The government has issued a range of guidelines, advising a variety of industries on how they can work safely during the coronavirus pandemic and post-lockdown, too. Across all the sectors, there are five main steps that UK workplaces can implement to make themselves more secure in the fight against COVID-19.
- Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment.
- Develop cleaning, handwashing and hygiene procedures.
- Help people to work from home.
- Maintain 2m social distancing, where possible.
- Where people cannot be 2m apart, manage transmission risk.
Read more: the UK government's guidelines for working safely during coronavirus.
In short, the need to reconfigure your working environment to ensure it's Covid-secure is critical. Whether that means rearranging desk set-ups, closing down communal areas (such as kitchens or dining rooms) or displaying social distancing banners, there is a range of ways you can ensure your working environment is safer. The good news? It doesn't have to be complicated, with the help of our back to work merchandise!
Keep The Message Clear With Promotional Social Distancing Products
From the moment your team members step foot in the workplace, they should be reminded to adhere to social distancing rules, including keeping two metres apart from other colleagues where possible and following sensible hygiene practices, such as regular hand-washing.
Our wide selection of promotional social distancing products features items that can make the government guidelines easier to meet, with everything from branded social distancing floor stickers to social distancing badges all available to help get the message out there. We also have cleaning kits, touch-free hand sanitiser dispensers and so much more, all ideal for helping to stop the spread of germs in your workplace.
If you haven't already, you might want to consider ordering promotional face masks and branded hand sanitiser for your team. Arguably both symbolic of cleanliness and hygiene, they're going to be useful prodcuts to have in-house going forwards, giving your colleagues the option to use them as and when they need them.
Promotional hand sanitiser, for example, can help to stop the spread of germs when a sink isn't instantly accessible; we have bottles ranging in size from pocket-friendly to desk-sized, helping your colleagues to keep their hands clean at all times. Similarly, our branded face coverings are ideal for personal use, helping your staff feel that little bit more protected. From single-use face masks that can be discarded once worn to reusable face masks printed with your branding, we have promotional face masks available to suit every business.
Our best selling hygiene key can also make a great investment for your team, helping to reduce the amount of direct contact they have with potentially dirty surfaces, such as door keypads, lift buttons and so on. Available in plain stock, the hygiene key can also be branded with your logo in up to full colour for a touch of corporate pride, too.
Anyway! Read on for our round-up of more ideas that can help your team feel more safe, secure and considered as they get back to work and don't forget to browse our full range of promotional products for getting back to business. Need help finding a specific item for your business' unique needs? You can contact a member of our friendly and knowledgeable Sales team today by calling 01376 509092 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pick Name-Printed Items To Cut The Risk Of Cross-Contamination
Odds are that the people in your office all have 'their' mug. Whether it's in their favourite colour, printed with a beloved photo or is simply a promotional mug that they always gravitate towards, it's always been theirs, bar the occasional mix-up when someone else accidentally uses it.
However: in the post-COVID world, investing in individually named drinkware for all your team is a wise move. Not only does it cut the scope for inadvertent irritation when Barbara from Finance discovers that Roy from Marketing has been using her favourite mug while she's been on holiday but it can also, crucially, help to lower the risk of cross-contamination, too.
Total Merchandise has everything from printed sports bottles to branded mugs available in our Individually Named range. The meaning? Whether you opt for branded water bottles or promotional travel mugs, they will be printed with your business logo as well as the individual names of your colleagues, too.
It doesn't end with the drinkware, either. Our range of Individually Named promotional products includes everything from branded notebooks to promotional cooler bags, via printed pens and promotional chocolates, with all items featuring your logo as well as the names of your recipients.
Consider Desk Details To Manage The Risk Of Transmission
Whatever the seating arrangement in your office is like currently, odds are it's going to need to change to factor in appropriate social distancing measures. From breaking up pods of desks to rearranging the layout of shared spaces, there'll be some working out required to ensure the layout is as responsible and Covid-secure as it can be.
One simple additional change you could consider making is investing in our Desk Divider Screens. Perfect for allowing your team to feel protected whilst having face-to-face conversations with peers, these plain stock countertop shields are easy to move and ideal for displaying between desks to create an extra barrier, offering protection from potential germs transmitted via coughs, sneezes and so on.
Our promotional Countertop Screen Shields might also be of interest if your colleagues have customer interactions at a till point or during a consultation service. Larger than the Desk Divider Screens, they're printed in full colour with your branding for an extra splash of corporate awareness with every interaction, with the protective screen ideal for shielding them from the threat of germs.
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Pick Branded Cooler Bags For Fuss-Free Lunches
If you're closing the staff kitchen (or minimising the access people can have to it), you might want to consider what your employees will do about lunchtime. Enter our branded cooler bags, which are ideal for keeping snacks, sandwiches and drinks at optimal temperatures throughout the working day. Available in a wide range of colours, these printed lunch bags can be kept by desks and are branded with your logo as well as with the individual names of your colleagues.
We also have a range of branded flasks, too; our 400ml Thermal Food Flasks, for example, can keep soup, pasta, stew and so on hot for as long as eight hours. These bag-friendly lunch essentials can also keep cool liquids perfectly chilled for up to 24 hours, too.
On the subject of drinkware: some offices are advising their staff to bring in their own supplies of hot and cold water to eliminate the need to use the kitchen area. If your workplace wants to instigate this degree of self-sufficiency, be sure to browse our wide range of promotional drinkware.
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Stock-Up On Medical Essentials, Just In Case
All being well, there will be no need for them whatsoever - but even so, it's always useful to have medical supplies available in-house. We have a wide range of highly practical items, including promotional first aid kits. Chances are your office medical cupboard is already stocked up but if not, now's the time to get it sorted once and for all.
In light of the Coronavirus outbreak, being able to monitor high temperatures can prove highly useful. With that in mind, products such our Non-Contact Infrared Thermometers are a must-have, with their no-touch-needed design meaning poorly colleagues can get a temperature check from a safe distance.
Smaller budget to play with? Our Forehead Thermometer Strips are a quick and easy way to check temperatures; available in plain stock in order quantities as low as 500 units, they can be washed and reused again if looked after and stored properly.
Browse our full range of promotional health and hygiene items.
From promotional products for social distancing to branded giveaways to show gratitude, Total Merchandise has all the branded items your business could need. Need help finding a specific item? Simply contact a member of our friendly and experienced Sales team on 01376 509092 or email email@example.com! Visit our Coronavirus Hub for more information and updates.
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