Returning to work in the new world

HR personnel have become, effectively, the gate-keepers for creating a safe “return to work” plan-one that considers the needs of employees, client visitors, maintenance and facilities staff, contractors, vendors, and everyone else on the premises.

With these concerns in mind, we’ve created this “guide to access,” to discuss some of the best practices and smartest technologies for employee access (and contractor access), visitor management, and people flows in general.

It's all about access control and flexibility

During the global health crisis, everyone who shows up on the premises is effectively a visitor; every new person presents a new risk and is also themselves at risk. For that reason, it’s important to control and limit physical access to the building. A company’s HR personnel are primed to decide on an access control plan that works for their company.

Some forms of access control can involve mask or PPE-wearing welcome staff or security personnel monitoring the front doors and directing entrants (employees and visitors) quickly and efficiently to their destinations. Access control may also involve implementing

longer business hours and staggering meetings to avoid crowding (thus facilitating safe social distancing), various touchless technology solutions to gain entry through turnstiles, doors, and elevators (including employee QR code activated entry), and closing crowded common spaces such as cafeterias to preserve safety. It also involves ensuring that regional and site-specific rules for mask wearing are enforced, and that persons who fail to comply are barred from entry.

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