Office Depot’s Essential Tips for Reopening

As credit unions begin to bring back staff members to branches, they’re working hard to keep their teams, as well as their members, safe and healthy.

And while the re-entry process is different for each credit union — some segments of their workforces may continue to work remotely for the foreseeable future — it’s vital for those who return to their physical branches that the health and safety of both employees and members remain a top priority.

Office Depot specializes in workspace layout, design, and flow. Here are a few tips from the Strategic Link partner on ways to keep employees safe, socially distanced, and healthy:

Manage Access and Flow
  • Control entry points to ensure both employees and members enter one at a time.
  • Manage movement inside branches by setting up one-way paths.
  • Install sneeze guards where necessary and appropriate.
  • Set up sanitizing stations around the branch for members and employees.
  • Communicate social distancing rules with clear and well-designed signage.
Create Personal Responsibility Guidelines
  • Encourage employees and members to stay home if they or a person in their household is feeling sick.
  • Review and reinforce travel and visitor policies established by your credit union.
  • Enforce social distancing of a minimum of six feet for both members and employees.
  • Determine and encourage personal hygiene best practices.
  • Clean and disinfect commonly touched surfaces.
Create an Environment that Complies with Social Distancing
  • Re-orient workspaces to be positioned back-to-back or front-to-back with separation.
  • Separate seats wherever possible and reduce the number of people in meeting spaces.
  • Incorporate easily cleaned and bleach-cleanable materials where possible.
  • Provide territorial separation, such as walls, panels, screens, etc., where appropriate.
  • Institute a clean-desk policy and make it mandatory that employees regularly clean their workspaces.
Ensure Office Cleanliness
  • Incorporate a robust and regular cleaning protocol, including regular day- and night-time cleanings, as well as scheduled deep cleanings.
  • Specify fabric and finishes with antimicrobial properties or bleach-cleanable surfaces.
  • Supply hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes throughout the office, especially in high-traffic areas like lobbies, exits, stairs, restrooms, elevators, etc.
  • Provide each employee with individual cleaning materials and a place to store them within reach of their workspace.
  • Recommend that employees wipe individual desks down at the beginning and end of each day, as well as shared spaces at the end of each use.

Looking for specific state re-entry guidance for Idaho, Oregon, and Washington? Check NWCUA’s Coronavirus Preparation & Response Resources website. It’s updated regularly with state and federal guidelines.

For more tips, view Office Depot’s full checklist for a healthier office online. To learn more about Office Depot, visit its Strategic Link partner page or contact Jason Smith, Vice President of Strategic Resources, at 208-286-6794.