Employers take heed: our new social responsibilities include taking ‘breathing precautions’ in the workplace.
Reports of employees feeling unsafe in the workplace bring to attention a new standard of “normal” that revolves around a new conception of germ mindfulness.
When it comes to working in close quarters and lacking basic sanitation supplies (hand sanitizers and disinfectants), naturally we’ll take two steps back. Sci-fi dramas about overcrowding (Soylent Green, anyone?) and the risks that come with it now haunt us beyond the pages of our storybooks as it enters into real life.
Let’s face it: no one wants to be the business known for promulgating a fear of infection!
But there are easy fixes for that. Stepping up our game and ensuring the provision of basic equipment for workers renders a whole new level of comfort and reassurance over our public and private health.
Not to mention that companies are required, at a minimum, to provide such health and safety measures. The OSHA (US Occupational Safety and Health Administration) mandates that employers provide a work environment that is ‘free from recognized hazards that are causing or are likely to cause death or serious physical harm’ (OSHA Act of 1970, Section 5: Duties).
And as we are now the Quarantine Generation, we now have to revamp our perception of what constitutes a healthy and productive workplace.
After all, how much more productive are employees when they feel safe, healthy and cared for?
And reshaping our views of germ mindfulness can only yield good results, right?
Maskz of Sweden support workers and companies health in a new age of health protection. We hope all businesses follow us on this journey of new health practices in the workplace.