The What’s In and What’s Out of CC Pace

The What’s In and What’s Out of CC Pace

It is pretty safe to say that, as we enter our 12th month of quarantining and the pandemic lifestyle, we are all experiencing COVID fatigue. So, rather than evoke a collective groan with yet another “here’s how to navigate the quarantine lifestyle” post, we have decided to try and lighten up the COVID experience a little with an entertaining review of how things have changed.  So, without further ado, here is CC Pace’s What’s In and What’s Out list!  Take a look and please let us know if there is anything we missed on our list – enjoy!

OUTIN
Conference callsTeams meeting with fun together modes
Short emails with one questionSlack or DMs
Team lunchesDoor Dashed lunch
Phone callsVideo Calls
Lengthy in-person meetingsEmails with bullet points and lists
Book ClubsNetflix recommendation discussions
Company outingsOnline Trivia games
Commuting to workSigning into Teams app or Zoom
Printer jammingInternet connection issues
Office inside jokesCompany memes
Alcohol shotsVaccine shots
StarbucksExpanding your Keurig coffee selection
“You’re on Mute”Awesome virtual backgrounds and cameo family member sightings during virtual meetings
Juggling kids activities to keep them entertainedJuggling kids online class schedules
Happy Hour at the local barPersonal booze stockpiles
Business attireSweats, yoga pants and pjs
Workplace status quoAngling your camera just right to ensure your PJ pants are not visible during your Teams meeting
Dry CleanersNever ending laundry piles
Lunch hour errandsWalking your dog 4 times a day
Hanging out at the water coolerNever ending group chats
4G5G
Picking up something for dinnerCooking at home and getting your Micheline star rated Chef groove on
AirpodsNoise Canceling Headphones
High Heels and dress shoesWhat are shoes?
Talking over a cube wallStalking co-worker’s availability status on Teams  
Office floorplanMakeshift home offices on kitchen counters
Co-WorkersCo-habitants
Grabbing something from the vending machineRummaging the fridge and/or pantry

Small and medium sized companies are trying to return to “normal.” This short blog by guest blogger, Dr. Amira Roess, provides some guidelines. Dr. Amira Roess is a Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at George Mason University.

It’s not going to be easy, and we may not get back to a pre-COVID workplace for another few years, but it can be done.

A critical factor is employee peace-of-mind. There are three actions an employer can take to ensure employee peace-of-mind:

  • Take steps to prevent employees that may be infected from coming to work (i.e. Daily Symptom and Exposure Screening)
  • Take steps to remove opportunities to become infected in the workplace (i.e. workplace hygiene and air flow)
  • Take steps to rapidly remove employees from workplace that have been exposed (i.e. Accurate and Rapid Contact Tracing)

Daily Symptom & Exposure Screening apps provide a simple way for employees to check their symptoms. The questions on the screening app should be curated by an epidemiologist based on the latest scientific finding from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) as well as other credible sources.

An app that automatically sends daily reminders and/or alerts to employees to complete the screening can reduce the workload in managing the process.

Workplace hygiene must be maintained. Employees must avoid using other employees’ phones, desks, offices or other work tools and equipment, when possible. If you cannot avoid using someone else’s workstation, clean and disinfect before and after use.

Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces, like workstations, keyboards, telephones, handrails and doorknobs. Dirty surfaces can be cleaned with soap and water before disinfection. Choose the right disinfectant for your surface from EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19).

Wear a mask in all shared spaces, especially where staying 6 feet apart (about two arm lengths) is not possible. Interacting without wearing a mask increases your risk of getting infected. Note: wearing a mask does not replace the need to practice social distancing.

Employees should wash hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are not available. If your hands are visibly dirty, use soap and water over hand sanitizer.

All medical professionals know to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth if you haven’t washed your hands.

Employees must remember to cover mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing, or use the inside of your elbow. Throw used tissues into no-touch trash cans and immediately wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.

Indoor spaces should be evaluated to ensure that maximum airflow is supported. High quality portable HEPA filters can provide an additional layer of protection.

Contact Tracing is very important. Should any employee find out that they are positive for COVID, anybody that was exposed (i.e. more than 15 minutes in less than 6 feet proximity) should be notified and instructed to quarantine immediately.

Here is a link to the CDC website with Quarantine instructions. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html.

It is strongly recommended to use an automated Contract Tracing system to get accurate time and distance between employees. These systems can also identify where workplace operations result in unintended congregation.

CC Pace has teamed up with George Mason Professors, Dr. Roess and Dr. Lance Shirley, to create Pass2Play.

Pass2Play is a combined Daily Symptom & Exposure Screening and Contract Tracing App that is designed to Provide for Employee Peace-Of-Mind, Ensure Employee Health & Safety, and Maximize Workspace Uptime.

For a demo and purchase: sales@pass2play.com

As 2020 has unfolded, our development team has been working on a brand new app: Pass2Play!  Check out the video below to see all of its features and capabilities!

To learn more about Pass2Play click here!

It is almost a certainty in years to come, that we will all recall that period in March 2020 when everything started closing down due to COVID-19. The weeks leading up to this time we kept hearing more about this mysterious virus and the awful effects of it. As a result, many of us started preparing for the possibility that we ourselves would be quarantined for a couple of weeks.  Fast forward to November 2020 and here we are, still in quarantine as states continue to figure out the best and safest ways to reopen.

Prior to the COVID lockdown, we here at CC Pace would have never imagined that we could transition our entire workforce to go 100% remote overnight, and much less do it seamlessly – but that is exactly what we did! Our entire staff has effectively been working remotely for 8 months, thanks in big part to our technology group who had already transitioned the bulk of our storage to the cloud, and had implemented Microsoft Teams for more successful and personal communications among our employees.

When the CC Pace team transitioned to full work-from-home status overnight we didn’t let quarantine affect our productivity nor the quality of our work. We hit the ground running and have not stopped.  If you were to ask us how we did it, we would have to say that the key has been communication.  Our team has adjusted and embraced new modes of communication: Meetings – join us in Teams, chats – ping me whenever, kudos – keep them coming, file sharing – here’s the link, screen sharing – take a look at this, all of this along with video calls have helped us to stay in touch and most importantly stay connected! (Of course, a few virtual happy hours and events have helped too!)

It’s this level of adaptability and agility that has brought us our success. Seeing our team be able to continue to produce and develop superior results only confirms what CC Pace has always stood by, our people are our most important asset!   #staysafe