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From 26 July we implemented a four-day week in the office, maintaining a work from home policy on Fridays. This change follows a year of working a two-day week in the office in our work bubbles, and three from home. Each bubble either worked a Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/ Thursday rota, with desk occupancy at 50% to maintain social distancing. This worked very well for us, and fortunately we did not have any positive cases in the office until a couple of weeks ago.


“Some people want to get back to the


office and face-to-face engagement.”


Unfortunately, we couldn’t escape it and one of our employees tested positive. Everyone was immediately sent home and the office was fully deep cleaned and decontaminated a couple of hours later by electrostatic spraying via our specialist team.


Thankfully, our member of staff has since recovered, however 12 people were sent home also to isolate after being identified as close contacts or contacted by track and trace. By happy chance, none of these employees have since tested positive either so we can breathe a sigh of relief, yet the situation was a stark reminder that COVID-19 hasn’t gone away.


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How do our employees feel about it?


To be honest, it’s a mixed bag. Some people want to get back to the office and face-to-face engagement. They have had enough of Teams and Zoom from their kitchen tables; some are happy with the mix of office and home, and understandably some are still cautious about the risks.


However, we have a brilliant Health, Safety & Compliance Director and team who follow all the latest guidance. Our new offices were designed with additional spaces to work, so we are fortunate that we are able to spread out. Over the next few months, it will be easier to open the windows and doors to circulate fresh air and we absolutely will take on board any personal issues and the circumstances of concerned individuals.


Being a cleaning company, we are also hot on in our cleaning regime and even though we had additional touchpoint cleaning throughout the day over the past year, we will be increasing this further still from next week when the office is fully occupied each day.


Are we right? Are we wrong? The answer is I don’t know, and neither does anyone else. We are just trying to find a balance. We are putting our trust in the vaccination programme and the systems that we have in place and if we need to take a few steps back, we can do that too.


Here’s to a hopeful future and finding a new normal.


The Floorbrite Group is one of the leading commercial cleaning and facilities service providers in the UK, and remains a second-generation family business after nearly 50 years.


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