Instantprint is a company that has not only implemented social distancing measures on their own premises, but adapted their output to respond to the needs of other businesses who might be looking to do the same. Not only that, but they’ve thoroughly documented all of the steps that they’ve taken via daily updates, and thereby provided a handy checklist for other companies looking to follow the same path.
The measures they’ve taken might serve as inspiration for other warehousing and logistics firms looking to virus-proof their operations. While we can never reduce the transmission of the virus to zero, we can bring that r value down, and thereby prevent it from spreading exponentially.
So what steps have Instantprint taken that the rest of us should be looking to emulate?
As just about everyone knows, we’re supposed to keep two metres apart from one another at all times. But doing so throughout an entire working day can be a little bit of a challenge. Instantprint have identified a few helpful strategies to help maintain the distance. Among the most eye-catching of these is a system of one-way corridors, to avoid people having to pass one another at close distance, and a limit to the amount of people who can enter a given part of the building at any given time. Staggering breaks, managing queues, avoiding equipment-sharing, and outdoor dining areas are among the other measures identified by the company in their insightful blog on the subject.
Working From Home
According to government guidelines, everyone who can work from home should be working from home. This has the obvious advantage of limiting the opportunity for the virus to spread. This requires a little bit of adapting on the part of the business, but it’s worthwhile if the business wants to remain productive while adhering to the rules. The company actually reacted to the lockdown news remarkably quickly, with 100% of their office staff working from home as of March 18th. Given that full lockdown didn’t come into force until the 23rd March, this was actually quite impressive.
Of course, it’s just administrative staff that are working from home; warehousing staff still need to come in. However, the opportunities for spreading the virus are that much greater in an office setting than a warehouse one, as the confines of the room are more restrictive.
It might seem that there are no lessons to be drawn here, as companies across the UK have already taken these steps. But it’s important to bear in mind that the current coronavirus situation is unlikely to be the last one that the UK is faced with. Both government bodies and businesses should look to learn from what’s happened, so that they’ll be better prepared for future disasters.
Being a printing company, Instantprint has something to contribute to the broader effort against the virus. They’re able to spread messages through posters and stickers, and they’re able to help remind us just how far two metres is with the help of special tape. In this way, they make it that much easier for businesses to get messages across to staff and customers, and to shape those little behaviours that can make a big difference in the battle against Covid-19.