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Does it take three weeks to form a new habit?

Written by WorkPro founder, Tania Evans

In 1960, Dr Maxwell Maltz published this quote and his other thoughts on behavior change after following a pattern in his patients that, following surgery, it appeared to take 21 days on average for a patient to adjust to a new situation.

Anyway, fascinating reading for those that are keen

My musings on this had me reflecting on WorkPro’s new habit following some of our team’s recent transition back to HQ 3 weeks ago.

Prior to the re-entry, we took careful guidance from Amy Towers in her contribution to the ebook that WorkPro recently published and from Xavier Millier of NextGenHR, and implemented a compliant yet practical range of measures that we could easily blend in to our day to day workings.

Much like company’s felt about work health and safety when harmonisation laws were introduced a number of years ago, it felt awkward to adjust, having to remember to follow the requirements to keep ourselves, each other and the general public safe. But here we are three weeks on, and a new habit has been formed, and now it is just the way we do things around here.

Here is our practical guide that may help anyone else as they transition back to the workplace.

  1. We engaged a Covid-safe cleaner for a deep clean prior to staff moving back in.
  2. There is no hot desking as a general rule, however, if there is a requirement to hot desk, even for a small period, desk gets wiped with disinfectant wipes.
  3. When you walk in in the morning, each staff member needs to take their temperature and formally record it, along with the time and date.
  4. Use your own glass, mugs and water jug.
  5. We have accepted visitors to the office from time to time. They are greeted at the door and quickly explained our rules of entry and what we have done to ensure the sanitation of the board/meeting room. They are also respectfully asked to take their temperature and record it and use our hand sanitiser. Each visitor is expected to respect and adhere to the social distancing rules as well. Once the room is vacated it is wiped down with disinfectant.
  6. We ask that each staff member has downloaded the Covid-Safe App or sign a waiver if they wish not to.
  7. Each day a staff member is assigned to wipe down bench, and cupboard and fridge handle and the dishwasher goes on every night.
  8. Each staff member is expected to use the sanitiser as they re-enter the premises.
  9. Each weekend, a cleaner cleans the office (as you would expect).
  10. Staff that catch public transport (only one does a couple of times a week), then he does so outside of peak hour). The rest walk or drive and park in a private park under the building.
  11. Staff are asked to reflect on their own private lives, and call it out if they have been participating in crowds, contact sport, or are caring for someone who is ill.

So, as you read this list, did you think ‘oh my gosh, that’s intense….’ – we did! We also read our Infectious Diseases Policy and wondered how we were going to manage to adhere to such strict regulation. But here we are, living proof that 3-weeks (for us) has formed a new habit and it is just the way we do things now.

I acknowledge that we are only a small (but mighty) entity but I’m quite sure that every organisation, broken down in to micro teams or work on different levels of buildings will have the capacity to do the same or similar.

The last thing – to ward off any nasties, we’ve got fresh oranges, Vital Greens, Vitamin C and Echinacea on offer, and still enjoy a red together on a Friday afternoon 😊

You too may find our ebook a handy guide to implement your own protocols.

And I LOVE being back with my team (can’t wait to see the rest)..

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