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Face masks, gloves, arrows on the floor, social distancing, working in shifts, working remotely—our work environment has been vastly altered over the past three months. How has it affected you and the people around you the most? Are you open to these changes or do you find yourself resisting the changes?
In our most recent I-Connect007 survey about the changes to work environment, we asked, “What are the most significant changes you’ve implemented in your business based on the lessons you’ve learned?” Because every business has its own model for success, we expected a variety of answers.
More than half of respondents, though, said their companies have modified their work environment to keep employees safe and able to work most efficiently. It’s not easy, readers told us, but it’s definitely worth it.
The survey's comments provided some of the best insights. Here are the top five changes that respondents said their companies were implementing to keep employees safe at work, edited slightly for clarity:
- We practice safe distancing at work, and wear masks for closer contact.
- We’re adding shifts to reduce congestion, and non-manufacturing personnel are working from home with adjustments to workflow/tools.
- We screen employees daily to be sure they aren’t sick.
- We clean work areas and practice better personal hygiene at work.
- We keep personal protective equipment available at all times for employees.
We regularly survey industry professionals to help ensure that our content focuses on the issues and challenges that readers face every day. As always, we appreciate your feedback.
Nolan Johnson, I-Connect007
It’s not just automotive and medical devices for which capital equipment manufacturers like BTU International are finding a market. It’s also not just domestic. Bob Bouchard says his company has seen an uptick in sales after the pandemic into more “purpose-built” equipment with sophisticated requirements and very tight process control. It’s meant an increase in sales staff as well. It’s encouraging news ahead of BTU International’s exhibit at SMTA International next week.
Divyash Patel, MX2 Technology
If you influence IT decisions at your workplace, you need to hear this. If you make the decisions, you need to listen, not just hear: Unless you start acting on CMMC compliance now, you are putting yourself at a disadvantage—one that will take much more time to correct than you might expect. Think of me as a spokesperson for the industry I represent: we are concerned about you. From what I’ve heard and seen over the last few months, too many of you are listening to suppliers, upstream and downstream partners, or other business owners on how seriously to take CMMC. As a result, far too much wishful thinking is guiding decision-making. So, listen to the experts.
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Business email compromise/email account compromise (BEC/EAC) is a sophisticated scam that targets both businesses and individuals who perform legitimate transfer-of-funds requests. The scam is frequently carried out when an individual compromises legitimate business or personal email accounts through social engineering or computer intrusion to conduct unauthorized transfers of funds. The scam is not always associated with a transfer-of-funds request. One variation involves compromising legitimate business email accounts and requesting employees’ Personally Identifiable Information, Wage and Tax Statement (W-2) forms, or even crypto currency wallets.