Getting back to work after coronavirus lockdown: Put your staff in a cardboard box, says UK firm
How to get back to work safely after coronavirus lockdown? Read the advice of a UK firm that makes social distancing screens from recycled cardboard to help businesses open up after lockdown while keeping staff safe.
If you are planning to get back to work soon as several countries are slowly and gradually easing restrictions amid the coronavirus pandemic, then you need to know what a British company, making social distancing screens from recycled cardboard to help businesses open up after lockdown, has to say on keeping the staff safe.
"Put your staff in a cardboard box," it says.
Iain Hulmes, Chief Executive at Pallite, said: "As people have started to come back to work we've switched to making a range of distancing-at-work products such as free-standing screens, counter screens and desk partitions."
The company, 70 miles northwest of London, used to make recyclable cardboard pallets and boxes for industry but has now developed an entirely new range of products to cope with new workplace demands in the wake of the pandemic including wall screens, desk and table dividers with clear polyester film windows, free-standing signs and even pop-up desks for homeworkers, Reuters reported.
"One of our workers at home found that she was struggling to work at home so we created a pop-up desk. That desk has sold over 5,000 units in just five weeks with nothing but 5 star reviews," Hulmes said.
Three sizes of desks, all made from laminated honeycomb paper, can hold 50 kg of weight and can be assembled in less than a minute. A desk for an adult costs 26 pounds.
Not far from Pallite's Wellingborough factory is Concept Conversions who sent all their staff home for the lockdown apart from four people all working in separate rooms.
Director, Ralph Allen, says he is trying to have some fun with themes and colours while using Pallite social distancing measures to keep his staff safe as they return to the office, according to the Reuters report.
"It's pretty extreme to put your staff into cardboard boxes so the reason for cutting the windows and trimming them in those colours was because I've got a Manchester United supporter sitting at my desk and I support Liverpool. Well, that could become Liverpool again couldn't it?" he said referring to the red trim.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organization (WHO) earlier this week urged countries across the world to press on with efforts to contains the highly-contagious virus and said that the pandemic is worsening globally. Warning against complacency, the UN agency warned that the virus has yet to peak in central America.
More than 7.3 million cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed worldwide, including at least 416,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University tally.