Asking the right questions and addressing key issues
After two months of Circuit Breaker, Singapore businesses are eager to restart operations. Returning to work will not mean returning to work the way we left it, however. Businesses will need to balance restarting operations with ensuring safety, compliance and long term resilience.
Management teams will need to ask themselves the right questions and focus on addressing the key issues listed below, to arrive at the best decisions and actions to navigate the new normal.
The Ministry of Manpower issued an advisory titled “Requirements for Safe Management Measures at the workplace after Circuit Breaker period” on 9 May and it was subsequently updated on 12 May.
The advisory emphasises on:
A. Implementing a system of Safe Management Measures at workplaces
B. Reducing physical interaction and ensuring safe distancing at workplaces
C. Supporting contact tracing requirements
D. Required personal protective equipment and observing good personal hygiene
E. Ensuring cleanliness of workplace premises
F. Implementing health checks and protocols to manage potential cases
A vital question in the minds of business leaders is: What are the good practices during circuit breaker that can become the “new normal”?
How can the management rethink workplace policies including split operations and client delivery models and improve long-term resilience?
What are the other key imperatives that business leaders need to consider for their return to work strategy?