How to increase health & safety in the restart of remote operations

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, logistics for remote operations are destined to be changed substantially. As a result, organizations who depend on an in-person workforce for their operations will have to rethink their processes and prepare a plan that will help them protect the health and safety of their employees, once business travels are allowed.

Implement strategies to protect the health and safety of employees

Employees will face a higher level of stress and request higher security measures to protect their health and safety at work.  This applies to all industries, but even more for those who involve work in remote locations and frequent travels.  As operations and travel resume, companies have to review the way they handle employee transportation and accommodation and prepare for changes.

Travel management

  • Reduce travel by extending rotation schedules of remote workers and adapting flight schedules accordingly;
  • Consider chartered flights as a safer alternative over commercial flights, when possible;
  • Consider allowing less passengers per chartered flight to comply with the social distancing rules;
  • Enforce a face mask policy for all employees/travelers. Provide face masks to employees;
  • Encourage a work from home program for all positions for which it is possible and provide employees with all necessary tools.

Accommodation management

  • Avoid room sharing as much as possible;
  • Increase cleaning frequency for rooms and especially shared areas;
  • Allocate more housekeeping resources to support the extra cleaning and sanitization efforts;
  • Enforce a face mask policy across the camp;

Catering & Meals management

  • Review all food handling and health & safety policies and processes with the catering teams in accordance with the high level of risks;
  • Stay as far as possible from buffet-styled cafeteria and consider alternatives to avoid self-serve options. One way could be to deliver meals directly to employees’ rooms;
  • Enforce a distancing policy across the camp and especially in cafeterias;
  • Impose a limit on the number of people allowed in the cafeteria at the same time. Consider shortened and more defined time windows for eating in cafeteria to facilitate distancing.

How Nomadis helps its clients restart their remote activities safely

More than ever, Nomadis is mobilized to support its clients through these tough times. Here are a few of the actions we are taking to help:

  • Provide extra support to help organizations implement new flight schedules, schedule changes, alternative transportation, etc.;
  • Include company and government issued information packages in notification emails sent to travelers;
  • Produce custom reports to deliver insights and precise information required to better manage the current situation and changes to the logistics;
  • Add tags to travels that require a closer monitoring or create new travel categories;
  • Send mandatory questionnaires for travelers in the platform to make sure they comply with the requirements before any travel.

This is just a sample of a few measures that will need to be considered by companies operating in a remote location. We invite our clients and partners to reach out and share with us any ideas they have implemented!

Stay safe!