COVID-19 pandemic has affected both social and work life for everyone. States and governments around the world are starting to lift the stay-at-home measure that were enacted earlier this year. Now we need to make sure that our employers will provide a safe office work space.
We must look at the effects of the pandemic in our industries and how it will affect our processes going forward. The ultimate goal is to recognize and support best practices. This can help us avoid illness both in our office and at home. Here are some of the main concepts on fighting COVID-19 that we need to keep in mind.
The effects of pandemic on your work
The outbreak of COVID-19 had different aspects for each business but no doubt it affected us all. Most companies have had to shrink business and work out a new model to guarantee safety of their employees. Many had to close down, unfortunately, while other businesses needed to restructure significantly.
Many of the changes affected communication. Business representatives and their clients needed to be innovative and the of technology rose dramatically. We had to learn how to communicate efficiently remotely without compromising the level of the service offered. This may of helped develop and/or polish our IT skills, improve manners in front of a camera, and honed skills in written communication. Also, the lockdown gave us the option to work from home and see if it really fits our lifestyle or not.
The education sector was very much affected, but thanks to the existing eLearning technologies, the professionals in the sphere quickly came up with solutions. Selecting the best eLearning provider was very important and education material translation proved to be quite helpful for those who wanted to provide the very best options for their students.
was very important and education material translation proved to be quite helpful for those who wanted to provide the very best options for their students.
Is your office safe?
The most important question for those who returned or are about to return to their work place is whether it is safe. There are certain measures that are implemented to guarantee the health and safety of employees and customers (for those businesses that cannot avoid personal contact such as shops). Some of the most important ones include:
- Screening employees upon arrival
- Screening customers/clients upon entry of the business premises
- Regular sanitizing of the office space and materials (desks, pens, machinery, etc. depending on the type of business)
- Providing employees options for free testing
- Following the various regulations and recommendations issued by official institutions such as Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) guidance, best practices under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), etc.
- Providing more room to create a safe office work space and to maintain social distancing as required
You may be surprised that eventually the pandemic may have some positive results on our health in the long term. The Safety and Health Magazine reports that handwashing frequency has increased during the COVID-19 pandemic. This is based on a survey conducted by Bradley Corp. – a manufacturer of commercial restroom and emergency safety products. The results reveal that 9 out of 10 people wash their hands more frequently and thoroughly. Best of all, is that 88% of the respondents believe their improved hand washing will be a habit they will keep.
Does pandemic affect translation?
The translation industry has also been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. We can argue that the effects are not only and exclusively negative since the industry can provide its service in an online environment quite well.
As a matter of fact, many translators work from the comfort of their home. Providing great quality remote translations is just as easy. Offering a complex service, such as translation, that will see to the clients needs is what’s most important. The level of communication is of paramount importance and quite often it is not necessary to be face to face. A cloud-based translation management system (TMS) is an efficient way to keep your clients up to date with project progress while following the recommendations to keep face-to-face contact to a minimum.
A positive effect from the lockdown on the translation industry is that many companies found innovative ways to continue developing their industry. Some companies choose to expand their business by entering new markets with website localization, for example, to include one or more foreign languages. Translation of technical documentation and clinical trials have also been important during the pandemic.
Hence, we can say that with a little adaptation and flexibility, which are intrinsic to the translation companies, the industry can survive the pandemic and continue providing excellent services.
How to maintain a safe office work space in the translation business?
If you are a member of the translation industry who need to return to their office, make sure that your employer is implementing the above measures to keep you safe. Once again, these will include the general measures for distancing, screening, and sanitizing along with a few industry-specific measures.
To sum up, the measures at a minimum include:
- Reduce the risk of exposure
- Encourage healthy practices
- Follow the official guidelines
- Make efficient use of a translation management system
- Keep contact with your clients and counterparts while observing the anti-pandemic measures
Despite the tough times we are passing through, we at ICD Translation are determined to keep our service at the same high level as prior to the pandemic. We value our customers and we are ready to assist you with various translation projects in the foreign language that you need without compromising neither your health nor the quality you deserve.