The coronavirus outbreak is a tragedy, affecting the entire world and it’s spread has impacted negatively on the global economy. It is the most serious global health security threat in decades and as governments impose the much-needed restrictions to slow down the spread – business, work and school activities will grind to a halt.
We are witnessing a pretty big slowdown of businesses and we will have to adapt to the new situation. This is why we have prepared some tips that will help you manage your business, school or work and life activities as a whole during the CoronaVirus Pandemic (COVID-19).
- Provide facilities for hand washing, make items such as masks, gloves, hand-sanitizers available for free and emphasize the use of these items.
- Introduce duty shift, this means less people at the office at a time and less contact.
- Sell more online, you need to scale up your online sales and redirect your offline customers online. This will help control the flow of customers at your outlet and also avoid overcrowding.
- Encourage sick employees and students to stay at home.
- Ensure routine cleaning of high-contact areas such as toilets, door handles, telephones etc.
- Reduce Meetings and avoid international travels, postpone any meeting or they should be held virtually (Use Skype, Zoom, Hangout or even WhatsApp group calls can take up to 10 people).
- Establish a remote work option and build infrastructure: Some employers do not like this, some businesses might not function well with this option but it’s best you explore that option at this time. Implement a remote work policy that covers when you expect your team to be online or available, communicate clear and simple deliverables each team member is responsible for completing. There are a lot of tools that can be utilized for this (our favourite is Slack)
For Employees and students
- Be obsessive with your hygiene, frequently wash your hands with soap and water. If you do not have access to water to wash your hands at any time, have an alcohol-based sanitizer with you always.
- Avoid touching the M.E.N (Feminist hold on oooo), I meant your Mouth, Eyes and Nose, also avoid handshakes and hugs.
- When coughing or sneezing, cover your mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or use a tissue paper and discard immediately into a closed bin.
- Avoid close contact with anyone that has fever and seek medical care early, if you have cough, fever and difficulty breathing. Please share information about any recent travels with your Healthcare Provider.
- Avoid visiting crowded places, order food, supplies or services online.
- Postpone travelling and meetings, or hold important meetings virtually. (Use Skype, Zoom, BlueJeans or even WhatsApp group calls can take up to 10 people).
- Work and study remotely: Working or studying from home can be tricky as one can easily get distracted, but you can explore some of these tips:
– Create a work or study space in your home.
– Don’t work or study in your pyjamas or on the bed, get dressed and sit like you would at work.
– Create a schedule or a To-Do-List.
– Set boundaries with your kids or loved ones, as they might be around more than usual now.
– Ensure proper communication with your team.
The Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (NCDC) has published and disseminated guidelines for safe gatherings on how to ensure preventive measures during gatherings. If there is sustained community transmission in Nigeria, various additional measures may be instituted. For now, let’s stick to the tips above.
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