Get Ready Now for Re-Entry

Prepare to greet your returning workforce with good communications

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve witnessed the need for clear communication within companies to let employees know the employer is committed to their health and safety.

As pandemic restrictions begin to ease, reopening the workplace will certainly be a complex and multifaceted process.

We are helping our clients get prepared in advance by thinking through the workplace signage and communications materials required to facilitate the re-entry process.

In the near term, during the early phases of the re-opening process, your facilities will require signage and infographics to communicate company policies and best practices to promote safe and considerate behavior. Consider the following examples:

  • Floor decals and space markers
  • Front desk notices to returning employees and visitors
  • Cafeteria/break room signs
  • Elevator policies
  • Maximum capacity notices
  • Pop-up banners
  • LED screens

Customer Spotlight: LabCorp contacted Signal for development and production of about 30 pieces of reentry signage to be used in their global facilities. Consisting of floor decals, LCD screen messages, pop-up banners, and customizable poster templates of various sizes, these signs are to be accessed via an intranet portal where managers can either place orders or download PDFs to print with office printers. The approved English versions are being translated into several different languages.

Beyond Signage

Longer term, you will need ongoing communications to inform staff of cleaning and disinfecting practices, how to report issues, and what to expect with regard to the inevitable ongoing updates, since things can change very quickly. Examples might include the following:

  • Workplace readiness guides
  • Email announcement templates
  • Corporate screensavers
  • Communications support for HR teams
  • Intranet pages or microsite
  • Videos with key personnel to convey guidelines/best practices
  • Webinar presentations

While you focus on your re-entry policies and maintaining employee safety and confidence, you can turn to Signal for the production of effective and professional communications materials.

Want to learn more? Ask Signal how we can help with your re-entry planning.


What’s the Touchstone for Your Business?

It’s said a thousand times a day, in a thousand different ways, that we are living in unprecedented times. By definition an unprecedented event is “without previous instance; never before known or experienced; unexampled or unparalleled.” And while history is replete with other deadly pandemics, COVID-19 and our actions to subdue it have caused massive disruptions to our personal and professional lives.

We are learning as we go to adapt to new ways of educating, cohabitating, telecommuting, meal prepping, conversing, worshipping, and even grieving. The necessity to adapt is no longer a prerogative – as Einstein said, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

However, even necessary course corrections without foundational grounding can lead to unintended chaos and uncertainty. In my personal mind/body practice, I have found the use of touchstones, also known as palm stones, to be very effective in keeping me focused and engaged on mission-critical objectives. I keep a touchstone on my desk and in my pocket to serve as a visual and physical reminder to adapt only with purpose and intention.

So, what is the metaphorical touchstone for your business – what’s your grounding, as you adapt? Are you adhering to the sound business principles that you know to be universal and true, regardless of the distracting noise? Are you all-in with supporting the health of your corporate culture, your coworkers, your customers, your business partners, and yourself?

We are indeed all in this together and I dare say we need each other more than ever.

The staff at Signal has made a commitment that grounds us as we adapt to our changing world.

We will endeavor to provide the very best service and creative intelligence for our customers.

We will promote a healthy and vibrant internal culture that will be intentional and manifest itself in our good work.

We will be mindful to live personally and professionally with great humility and gratitude for successes earned, and lessons learned.

With intention,

Phil Stephens & your Signal family

photo credit: Sandy Pogue