The work-from-home model is not likely to go anywhere for the foreseeable future, but over the course of many weeks, we may see more offices opening with limited employee strength. When they do start reopening, a number of usual and brand-new office essentials should be ready well in advance. Let’s now take a look through some of those to get a better idea of things.
Covid-19 Prevention Kits are a Must
In order to both restart the economy and to curb further spikes in the curve, the US government has strictly instructed that every business must be properly equipped with their own sanitization and disease protection supplies on opening, which includes:
- N95 masks
- Hand sanitizers
- Disinfecting surface cleaners
- Paper towels
- Liquid hand soap
Stock Up on the Basics
The basic list of office supplies is a huge one, but depending on the kind of office we are discussing, their needs would of course vary. However, the point here is to list down everything you need, and then order them in bulk. The fewer orders you have to make, the lesser are your chances of catching and/or spreading the virus, so it makes sense to stock up on the office essentials adequately before reopening business.
You will find the full list of all essential and non-essential Office Supplies at OfficeCrave.com, including sanitation and disease prevention supplies needed the most to minimize risks of spreading the coronavirus. Just to ensure that you have everything covered, go through the following list of common, non-technological office supplies:
- Pens, pencils, markers, rulers, highlighters and whiteners
- Folders, sheet paper, printing paper and notebooks
- Planners, calendars and sticky notes
- Staplers and staples, paperclips, binders, rubber bands, etc.
- Scissors and paper knives
- Glue sticks and sticky tapes
- Garbage bags
The very reason why our world is still managing to function (albeit with severe limitations) in the middle of this crisis, is because we are living in an advanced age of technology. So, make a list of the essential hardware which may have broken down during or before the lockdown, or simply wasn’t bought yet. It could supportive equipment, the important supplies such as printer ink, or the more expensive and fundamental supplies such as laptops, desktops, servers, etc.
After listing down the hardware most needed, make a list of SaaS services which will be crucial to connect your work-from-home groups and work-from-office groups seamlessly and securely, for as long as the remote office situation lasts.
Finally, and most importantly, you will need at least two separate internet providers with reliable connection quality and high-speed plans at the same time. If the internet breaks down, the company loses its ability to work, which is simply not an option for any business today.
Although this list should be enough to remind most business owners about what they could very well be missing in their own offices, it is possible that specialized offices might need specialized supplies, suited and useful only for the industry in question. Whether you may need to add a few unique supplies to our list or not, the bottom line is to follow three primary steps in preparing your office for a reopening; take measures to protect the health of your employees, minimize outside contact by ordering in bulk, and maintain optimum technological capabilities at all time.