Protecting Our Most Valuable Resource
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to hammer the United States and the rest of the world, its impact on the ways we live, work and play are hard to understate. World leaders are eager to get the economy back on track, those who can’t work from home need to be able to get back to work, and even those of us who can work at home are ready for things to return to normal -- or at least to a new normal.
Lifting stay-home orders and restrictions on even small gatherings will require confidence among everyone involved that people will be safe in close quarters. And in order to build that confidence, businesses in particular face a new normal that requires us to rethink the way we protect employees throughout the work day.
The coronavirus has shown that the traditional model of nightly cleaning is not a sufficient barrier against aggressive viruses. Once a surface has been cleaned, it is immediately susceptible to contamination. If an asymptomatic employee comes to work, everything they touch could transfer their infection to their coworkers the same day before the cleaning crew even arrives.
In the new normal, we need solutions that will continuously sanitize throughout the day to add extra layers of protection between those nightly cleaning sessions.
We have been working these past several weeks to identify ways we can go beyond the old normal to ensure our employees and visitors are as safe and healthy as they can be in the Pinkston office when stay-home orders are lifted. We activated our network of past and present clients, including medical professionals, technologists, futurists, entrepreneurs and others for input and advice. Ultimately we identified four solutions which, when combined, provide holistic, continuous and enduring protection against harmful microbes.
When we welcome employees and guests back, it will be to what we believe is the safest office environment on the planet, and a model for the new normal of office safety and health.