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Stay safe at work – tips for social distancing and mental health

As lockdown eases, many of you will be welcoming more employees and colleagues back to work over the coming weeks. Help to reduce the spread of infection with these tips.

First and foremost – stick to social distancing guidelines. You could change the layout of your workspace to create a one-way system, or create more space between desks. Desk screens and floor screens are a great way to reduce contact while still allowing colleagues to communicate.

Visual reminders are key. Make sure you have signage to remind your teams to keep their distance and wash their hands.

If possible, introduce a no visitor policy, or if that’s not possible, ensure that visitors come to site by prior appointment only. Install hand sanitiser stations at entrances.

Consider introducing flexible work hours, or staggered start and finish times, to minimise the number of people in the office at any given time.

Add clear screen or dividers in communal areas so people can still socialise and collaborate.

Talk to your colleagues about mental health – this is a stressful time for everyone, and they will most likely have a range of concerns, whether it’s the welfare of vulnerable loved ones, or trying to homeschool children while still getting their job done. Be flexible, and encourage virtual meetings (or distanced face-to-face meetings) just to chat and catch up, rather than just discussing work issues.

HSI Furniture has a range of desk screens, floor screens and pods to help you and your colleagues adapt to this “new normal”. To find out more, visit the Desks & Screens section of our website, or email us at