If you live in a state where reopening phases are accelerating, you too may want to reopen the physical location of your office.

But what are the safest practices when doing so?

And is reopening the best option for you?

As a local business that is facing a similar dilemma, we have some tips for you to consider before you make the move!

1.      Educate yourself on your state’s safety guidelines for reopening

Before reopening, ask yourself:

  • What are the safety regulations for my industry or practice?
  • Will I be able to comply with these regulations while maintaining a productive work environment?
  • What logistical changes do I need to make?
  • Are these changes feasible?

Your state’s safety guidelines may include seemingly minute details regarding your business’ operations, so read them carefully!

Click here to learn about Connecticut’s safety guidelines categorized by industry.

If, after considering the questions above, you believe that reopening is a reasonable and beneficial option for you, keep reading!

2.      Implement safety measures

Once you’ve determined that it is safe for at least some of your employees to physically return to work, consider how you will maintain a healthy work environment.

You may need to screen employees as they enter the building each time to ensure their health will not pose a health threat to others in the office. Workspaces may need to be readjusted. Sanitation stations could be added. Think about anything your employees or customers do on a daily basis that could encourage the spread of illness.

3.      Do a deep clean before reopening

Although it seems fairly obvious, thoroughly cleaning your office is essential! Make sure workspaces are sanitized down to the smallest details. Remember that weeks, even months, might have passed since your office was last cleaned, so there will be a lot of work to do!

(You can even think about enlisting the support of local cleaning businesses. #supportlocalbusinesses)

4.      Inform your customers

Let clients and prospects know about your efforts to reopen on Google, on your website and on your social media platforms. Keep them updated about your efforts to cooperate with your state’s safety guidelines, too. They’ll appreciate the news and will no doubt want to show their support!

5.      Keep some remote services in place

Once reopening begins in your state, not everyone will feel safe venturing out to your place of business. So just because you can reopen, it doesn’t mean you have to terminate your remote or online services. Keeping these services in place will only widen your prospective audience and please your current clients.

Do You NEED An Office Space?

“We’ll never know our full potential unless we push ourselves to find it.” —Travis Rice

…..Or in case a global pandemic forces us to find it.

Many of us didn’t know if our business would survive the pandemic. We didn’t realize that our business could mostly (or even completely) function virtually. We may have even found that working remotely has increased our team’s productivity.

If that’s the case, why go back?

Use this time as an opportunity to transform your business. Now that you’ve explored your potential you can see if a remote team is the course of action for you.

Whether your business was unaffected by or benefited from the pandemic, it would be wise to consider the benefits of a post-COVID tax plan. Contact us to see if this is right for you!