If you’re looking for ways to boost the safety factor in your front desk or reception area of your office, here are some ways you can go about it.
Provide Hand Sanitizer at the Entry/Exit Points
A really simple thing that you can do is to place hand sanitizer stations at each entry/exit point in the building, including the reception area. Many places are also affixing signs to the sanitizer station reminding customers and employees to use the sanitizer when they enter the building.
Have a Masking Policy in Place
If it is a private business, then you can also put a masking policy in place, wherein everyone that enters the building must have a properly fitting face covering on. Because some people may not be prepared for this rule and may show up without a mask, you can also provide free masks to those who need them.
Having a masking policy protects employees and the clients and customers who enter into the workplace.
Use a Room Divider
Another great tool is to use a screen that works at dividing rooms and spaces. A clear Plexiglass divider that is portable and can be moved around a space can be perfect for placing between the front desk and the customer.
Because it’s clear it doesn’t interfere with anyone’s view, and it isn’t a wall so hearing isn’t impaired. You can purchase a couple of these dividing walls or one may be all you need. You may even want to place them between chairs in the waiting area.
Space out Appointments so There is no Over-Lapping
You also want to be encouraging physical distancing in the waiting room, and the best way to do that is to space out appointments so there is no overlap. Some businesses have even eliminated waiting rooms altogether, asking people to wait outside and check-in by phone or text. You can then call or text them when the person they are meeting is ready to see them. This ensures no-one is just sitting around inside.
Increase the Frequency of Cleaning
This is also the time to increase the number of cleanings your office space gets. If you use a cleaning crew you can have them clean more often, and you can also encourage reception staff to disinfect their work station throughout the day.
Making it a Safer Environment for All
These are just a few really simple steps that businesses can use in their reception area and will ensure that the health of employees and customers is kept at the top of the list.
Site last updated: 22. January 2021