Health and Safety Protocols for Return to Office Employees

Living through this pandemic taught us that working full-time at home is possible, and we loved it! Perks are – no daily commute, better attendance, flexible work schedules, and more time with our family. We achieved the natural work-life balance we’ve always wanted.

However, now that most of us are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 and businesses are slowly getting back on track, it is also time for employees to return to the office whether full-time or hybrid. The transition from work from home set up back to something that resembles a pre-pandemic work environment can be overwhelming, stressful, and scary for various reasons. The big question is, are you ready to report back to the office?

To help you lessen your fears, we’ve listed down some back-to-office must-haves so you can still keep yourself from the virus.

  1. Facemask – to protect you from airborne bacteria and viruses. Don’t forget to bring a spare mask.
  2. Rubbing alcohol/hand sanitizers –bring only those with at least 70% solution for better protection.
  3. Disinfecting wipes – disinfect your workstation and office equipment before using them.
  4. Personal tumbler and utensils – Stop the spread of Covid-19 by using your own water bottle and utensils.
  5. Handheld UV light Sterilizer – UV light is effective against the Covid-19 virus. With a portable UV, light sterilizer disinfect your work area, office supplies, chair, and other things.

Since we’re preparing to return to the office, it is good to set your personal safety health protocols and know the common ‘Return to office guidelines. This will help you avoid getting a work memo since you’re still in the adjustment period.

Read More: The future of work: Hybrid working 101 

Common Return to Office Guidelines


  1. No facemask, No Entry. Always wear your face mask within the premise except when eating.
  2. Follow social distancing at all costs. Maintain at least one meter away from other employees.
  3. Upon entry, let the guard scan your temperature using the thermal scanner.
  4. Don’t overcrowd the elevators.
  5. Defer mass gatherings. Virtual meetings are still recommended, but keep social distancing if doing face-to-face meetings.
  6. Do not go to the office if you’re experiencing any symptoms associated with Covid-19 instead, report to your immediate supervisor, and request a work from home set up. It is best to undergo Covid-19 RT-PCR test to ensure that you don’t have the virus.

Remember that the threat of Covid-19 is still out there, and it still might hit you and your family anytime. Health protocols during pandemic must be followed at all times. Help stop the spread of the virus by consistently following your office’s minimum health protocols.

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