We’re in the middle of a pandemic, this is no surprise to anyone. But if you’re in the midst of planning to get your employees back to the office, it’s crucial to consider the importance of contact tracing in the office.

While you can plan all you want, you need to be prepared if any of your employees contract COVID-19. You need to know how to isolate teams and ensure that the safety of your employees is at the top of your priority list. How do you do this? By understanding the importance of contact tracing in the office, and developing procedures to deal with it safely to minimize the chances of your other employees getting sick, and what you’ll need to do so.

So, why is contact tracing so important?

Should anyone get sick, you’ll need to be able to figure out who was exposed quickly.

If a sick worker books a hot desk and then later reports they’ve contracted COVID, you’ll need to act quickly. By using a software, like TableAir, you’ll be able to quickly see what other workspaces they were in while in the office, as well as any other people who worked nearby. You needn’t worry about spending hours contacting people or tracking them down. It would all be available at a glance.

To help avoid further spread by having those exposed get tested and work from home while in isolation.

Once you have the list of people who have been exposed, you’ll quickly be able to get in contact with them. You should tell them to be tested for COVID-19 as soon as possible and self-isolate until their test comes back. If it’s negative, it’s probably best to have them work remotely for the next few days to ensure symptoms don’t arise.

It will help your employees feel safe in the office.

If your employees know you have something in place to protect then, it will do wonders for team moral. Considering these last 6 months have been a rollercoaster, anything you do to let your employees know that you have their best interests in mind, will be much appreciated. Not only that, but it will help lower the number of folks who will feel uncomfortable going back to the office, making your transition much easier.

While we know things will be not go back to exactly the way that they were, by understanding the importance of contact tracing, and providing the option to your employees, you’ll stand out as an employer who cares about their workforce. Not to mention the positive impact it will have on your business.