Per Governor Abbott’s order, office buildings may reopen on May 18th with a limited number of employees. In this interactive webinar, we covered what employers need to know, best practices, and how to keep employee safety top of mind.
The expert panel provided legal and property perspectives on how businesses may begin to re-open their office space. Tim Hendricks of Cousins Properties shared what they're doing to prepare, including signage, cleaning and disinfecting, and communication. Most of all, he emphasized,
"It's nearly impossible to over-communicate, and one size does not fit all."
Cousins signage examples
Tim shared excellent examples of the signage that Cousins is using.Download the examples
Rick Whiteley of Cushman & Wakefield reminded everyone of the importance of collaborating to share best practices and to reach out to your professional resources. He walked through some of the key points in their recovery readiness guide, from preparing for day one to communicating with confidence.
The safe six: Workplace readiness essentials
A printable checklist to help employers get ready to receive their workforce—and make sure their employees are preparedDownload the checklist
Recovery readiness: A how-to guide for re-opening your workplace
A comprehensive guide detailing considerations like core infrastructure inspection, mitigating workforce anxiety, and creating a 'six feet office' spaceDownload the guide
Providing a legal liability** perspective, Pam Madere of Jackson Walker reviewed some key resources and best practices to consider when re-opening an office space. She emphasized the importance of staying informed, as the regulations are changing rapidly, and:
"the best defense is a well-crafted, comprehensive plan that you adhere to."
And as Kristin Marcum of Elizabeth Christian Public Relations reminded everyone:
"Your brand is as your brand does."
It's critical that in this uncertain time, you don't wing it. Take advantage of the resources out there, including your Chamber community. We're in this together, and we're all here for you.
**The speakers are not providing legal advice. State and local rules will vary and the regulations are constantly changing. We recommend consulting an expert on the issues addressed in this webinar.
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