Repaint the dynamics: Post COVID-19 Workplaces
The economy cannot survive a lockdown mode forever and the vaccine for COVID-19 may take years to develop and market, ‘unlock 1.0’ had become the necessary evil. This puts the responsibility on organizations, irrespective of their size, to focus on making the workplace safer for employees.
This pandemic has changed the fundamental aspects of professional lives — from the daily commute to work environment to interactions amongst colleagues and peers. Hygiene and safety concerns are here to stay and will probably remain for at least a year from now or even more.
Consequently, businesses are re-accessing their business models and working on best practices to follow on restarting operations. Thus, they are looking at:
- Ensuring compliance: what will be the best practices for floor management in a post-COVID-19 workplace? Face masks, sanitizer, gloves, and face shields are the new survival kits. Social distancing is being jacked up and automation solutions have seen a jump owing to the difficulty in ensuring these social distancing norms.
- Communication: what are the best practices for communication across the company?
- Hygiene: Can they deploy contactless technology wherever possible and emphasize on frequent sanitization in high-touch places?
- Accelerated technology adoption: Each sector has different requirements and use of advanced technologies such as AI and IIOT can help manage operations better.
Returning back to work will require efforts and everyone needs to be vigilant. The world is at a stage where people can’t afford to be lackadaisical in their approach. Organisations are looking for long-term solutions to enforce safety compliance, especially in workplace environments where thousands work together.
One such long-term and stable solution is computer vision technology. It ensures face mask and social distancing compliance for organisations and works on any existing CCTV network. It identifies cases of social distancing or face mask violations and sends real-time alerts to the relevant authority. A dashboard provides detailed analytics for a given time period. In addition, businesses are also searching for contactless solutions for attendance, or wherever possible.
Change is perpetual. But sometimes, it is the only option. As the world around us is changing, it has provided us with a new canvas. It is time to paint a new picture and change the business dynamics.