COVID-19 has caused a never-seen global response, so it’s difficult to know what your shop should do. You want to make sure your employees and customers are safe, but you also want to keep your shop open as long as you can. How do you balance these things? Below are four questions with possible solutions to help you think about how to manage the coronavirus crisis in your shop.
What Gets Touched in the Shop?
One of the big things to prevent spreading the coronavirus is considering which things are touched most often by many people. Common examples are doorknobs and counters. If your shop uses an ERP system and has one or two computers on the shop floor, those computers are touched by everyone. Another example is the time clock that employees use to clock in and out. Everyone touches them. Once you’ve identified these things in your shop, you need to sanitize and limit contact with them as much as possible.
Sanitizing doorknobs and counters is simple. All you need is anti-bacterial wipes or cleaning supplies and you’re good to go. Computers and time clocks can be a bit more complicated, especially because you can’t get them wet. Here’s where an ERP system can be the solution. If your ERP system mobile apps, then employees can use their phones instead of the shared office computer. For example, employees can use the Employee Data Collection app on their phones to clock in and out. This limits the number of people touching the same device.
The Employee Data Collection app also lets employees update inventory in real-time. It can keep your shop up-to-date and greatly cut down on the number of people using the office computer. It limits the spread of germs if people are using their personal phones. So, mobile apps can help your shop run more smoothly and help prevent the spread of germs.
Can Anyone Work Remotely?
The best way to stop spreading the coronavirus is to avoid contact with other people that could be sick. For some employees in a shop, this isn’t possible. If they don’t come in, they can’t do their jobs. However, for office employees, they may be able to work remotely. If your ERP system is on the cloud, it’s easy for your office employees to log in on a web browser. All they need is an internet connection and they can get to work. Your office employees may also have the option to remote into their work computers, but using the cloud is a much simpler way to work from home.
Can the Shop Floor be Safer?
Your shop floor may meet OSHA requirements, but with the coronavirus, there are different ways to keep your employees safe and healthy. If you have a larger shop, you could stagger start times to every 10 minutes so there aren’t as many people entering the building at once. It’s recommended that people stay six feet apart, but it can be hard to remember that when you’re working. To help employees stay separated, you could put up partitions or use tape as guidelines on the floor. It just needs to be something that stops employees from standing too close together. – Read more
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