Phase 2 in Singapore has seen more companies recommence their regular operations. Or, instead of ‘regular’, we can say that they have at least opened their physical outlets, and it is going to take quite some time for things to get back to like when it was before the coronavirus outbreak, that is if it ever will. Anyway, there have been efforts from the government and the people’s level to keep the economy running and containing the virus for as long as possible.
Here are some highlights during the second phase of the circuit breaker:
Technology Is Taking Over
Singapore MOM and MOH, along with other organizations released safety guidelines for companies in the city-state. One of the most important conditions for companies to continue their functioning is to let employees work from home.
Well, remote work and virtual meetings and seminars mean that firms now need good IT infrastructures. Internet connection, computers, and software for various operations including communications, accounting, marketing, HR and payroll, etc. are going to be essential. Furthermore, to cope with the need for technology in the coming days, more IT jobs may be created.
Safe Management Measures
Singapore phase 2 reopening has come with a challenge for the government to keep the virus from spreading. Like said before, workplace safety guidelines have been imposed. Apart from WFH and virtual meetings, here are some more:
- Businesses need to appoint a Safety Management Officer (SMO) who will oversee the proper implementation of the Safe Management guidelines.
- The SafeEntry check in Singapore is mandatory for every firm.
- If employees need to travel to the office, the number of workers who need to do so should be minimum. The work schedule should be staggered accordingly.
- A distance of at least one meter between workers is essential at all times. Activities that need prolonged physical contact aren’t allowed.
- Everybody must wear a mask. The workplace should have sanitizers, soaps, and tissue papers.
- Social distancing is needed in the office as well.
- Regular Health screenings are to be done.