It is no secret that COVID has drastically changed the way that we do business. We operate differently. We act differently. Most things have changed, And, these changes include curbing some of the things we used to do at work.
Most of these things we do subconsciously. We don’t think about them because they’ve become a natural and organic part of doing business.
But, COVID has changed that, and here are the top six things that you should never do at work as long as COVID is around.
6 Things you should never do at work in the COVID era
Go the entire day without washing your hands. If you touched a doorknob, a conference table or chair, a light switch, a telephone, or virtually anything in your office, then there’s a chance that your hands are contaminated.
And, this is especially true of your own desk, keyboard, mouse and telephone. After all, if your hands were ever contaminated with COVID, then there’s an excellent chance that the things on your desk that you touch most often are also contaminated.
Wash your hands. The CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
Make your office or cubicle smell like a chlorine factory. It’s okay to disinfect your desk and routinely wipe things down. In fact, that is a good practice to get into. But, resist the temptation to overdo it. Many people have a sensitivity to potent cleaning smells like bleach and chlorine.
Use other people’s office equipment. Unconsciously, we use other people’s computers, phones, and desks. Even if we are just leaning on a coworker’s desk while collaborating on a project, you’re transferring bacteria and possible contamination.
Pay attention to how much you touch other people’s office equipment during the course of your day, and whenever possible, only use your own. It may help to keep your arms folded as much as you can when you are away from your desk.
Hold large meetings in small spaces. Working in close proximity to your coworkers is a big factor in the transmission of airborne viruses, like COVID-19. If your meetings consist of a large number of people sitting around a conference table, you might be increasing the likelihood of contaminating the office with the Coronavirus.
Instead, limit the number of participants in a meeting. Or, choose larger office spaces to hold meetings whenever possible, which gives people more room to spread out. Another option is to hold virtual meetings, even within the office. This will keep people separated and at their desks rather than sitting together in a room.
Shake hands. While the business handshake may not be gone forever, it’s probably a good idea to curb the gesture for the immediate future. Shaking hands is an easy way to spread the virus, and a simple nod or “virtual shake” can often accomplish the intended purpose.
Close your door. Leaving your door open won’t always be possible, but it can help prevent people from touching doorknobs with their hands. Nudging an unlatched door open with elbows or sleeves will help prevent contamination via people’s hands.