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Covid-19: under pressure from the government, companies are mobilizing to enforce barrier gestures


The Minister of Health did not announce any measure to strengthen teleworking on Thursday, but called for more vigilance.

No measure to strengthen teleworking was announced by Olivier Véran this Thursday at noon, the Minister of Health has contented for the moment to insist on the need to respect the health protocol.

I want to talk about barrier gestures, the mask and ventilation.

Measures for which an understandable relaxation when the virus was circulating less, is observed.

We must collectively pull ourselves together,

”he said.

On Monday, the Minister of Labor Élisabeth Borne had already issued a first call to order for the attention of companies.

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This observation of slackening in the respect of barrier gestures is made by the companies themselves. “

For several months, we have noticed a certain carelessness. Even in the open space, we no longer have to wear the mask at our office. We also talk to each other quite closely, without respecting a certain distance,

”describes Lucas, public relations advisor. A reality confirmed by Emeline Bernard, Managing Director at WMH Project, in charge of integration and HR. “

It relaxed a bit because people want to be together,

” she admits.

But since contaminations are on the rise again and France has entered the fifth wave, the situation has changed and vigilance is back.

For the past ten days, managers have been reminding their employees of barrier gestures.

The employees themselves pay more attention, they put on the mask more quickly when they arrive in the building, for example,

”describes Cécile Deman-Enel, HR Director at Allianz.

The management and human resources teams are on the bridge to remind employees of all the barrier gestures and their importance.


We send prevention and information messages to teams even more regularly, asking them to all be responsible and to be careful,

" says Emilie Bernard of WMH Project.

The question of teleworking still arises

Pierre Antonini, partner and HR Director of the company of around thirty Stanton Wallace employees, also highlighted the issue of the survival of the company to its employees. “

By email, we reminded them of the importance of the health dimension but also of the operational dimension, because if we have a cluster of sick people within the company, this will call into question our ability to meet the demands of our customers. We are also the guarantors of the sustainability of the company,

”he claims. And even if the strengthening of teleworking has not been requested by the government, some companies are considering this possibility. "

We still ask ourselves the question of increasing the number of days of teleworking per week

», Explains Pierre Antonini of Stanton Wallace.

For the moment, each employee can telework two days a week in this company.

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The Minister of Health also recalled the importance of ventilating the rooms, especially during meetings in physics.

If you have a meeting that lasts an hour, you bother to open a window even if it's a little cold, it's invigorating.

You open the window for ten minutes to reduce the risk of contamination,

”he explained on Thursday.

For meeting rooms without windows, gauge systems can be used by businesses.

To complete the application of these measures, some concrete changes will soon be requested. Indeed, the Ministry of Labor announced this Thursday that the national health protocol in companies will change slightly, especially with regard to the rules on collective catering and the organization of moments of conviviality. Within collective catering, in the absence of a sanitary pass, a return to the rule of two meters between each person at the table is being considered. As for moments of conviviality, they are “no

longer recommended

”. "

If they are all the same organized, they must be done in accordance with barrier gestures, and in particular the distance of two meters between each person when the wearing of a mask cannot be ensured.

", Specified the ministry.

Source: lefigaro

All business articles on 2021-11-25

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