Security and Surveillance in the Workplace During and After COVID-19

COVID-19 has forever changed the American workplace. As a result of the pandemic, many people now work from home while others struggle to find work if their skills don’t translate to online employment.

Yet while businesses are closed, they still have work to do. Screening of COVID-19 and updated guidelines for safety against the virus will undoubtedly become part of the framework of companies in all industries. Before the reopening of businesses, business owners should do whatever they can to ensure the safety of customers and employees in the future.

How COVID-19 Impacts Businesses, Schools, and Workplaces

COVID-19 has had a profound effect on the global economy. Not only have governments forced businesses to close, but many “reopened” states are still requiring businesses to operate at limited capacity due to social distancing.

The incidence of COVID-19 infections when humans are in close proximity has also been a cause for concern at schools around the country. Grade schools and high schools have closed for the remainder of the year. In addition, universities have closed—possibly until 2021—and may even suspend online classes.

Workplaces, including those who don’t interact directly with the public, may also resort to a virtual office as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. How long this will continue remains to be seen, but it will assuredly impact workplace rules for the foreseeable future.

How COVID-19 Will Affect Businesses in the Future

To compound the matter, 16% of the American workforce remains unemployed, in addition to the vast number of furloughed employees. Economic and labor experts aren’t exactly sure how long unemployment and layoffs will last, nor how much time it will take for the economy to fully or partially recover.

The only upside to a lack of people in the office, schools, manufacturing plants, or other public places is that it will give business owners and officials time to improve their screening and security processes. By implementing a plan that keeps infected people away from public areas, workplaces, and businesses, minimizing the spread of COVID-19 becomes more viable.

Thermal Imaging Technology in the Fight Against Disease

Coming up with a plan is more difficult. However, the first step from every business owner and school official is to come up with a lockdown exit strategy. This should embrace the social and cultural shifts that arise as a result of the pandemic, as well as how to keep consumers, students, and employees safe.

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One aspect that should be added to every strategy, if possible, is the addition of thermal imaging technology. These portable units can detect if anyone has a fever, allowing the effective screening of individuals who come into work or school. Because individuals don’t have to get close to take the temperature, it also makes the interaction much safer. With routine scanning at optimal points (entrances and other high-traffic areas), people can control who has access to areas and limit the spread of the virus.

Unfortunately, there is no one-size-fits-all plan to reduce the spread of COVID-19 at workplaces, schools, plants, and businesses. But with the addition of a lockdown exit strategy, new cleaning policies, social distancing, and thermal imaging technology, business owners and other individuals will successfully begin a safe journey toward a new normal.

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