There’s something sinister about germs floating around in the air — especially when you can’t see them.

And now, amidst the Covid-19 crisis that we find ourselves in, it seems like germs and viruses have captured everyone’s attention. We’ve seen a rash of closures and cancellations since the coronavirus outbreak in an attempt to limit person-to-person interaction.  

But, not every business is closed. Organizations that provide essential services —  biotech, food manufacturers and retailers, pharmaceuticals, utilities, hospitals and health facilities, warehouses and distribution and fulfilment centres, and financial institutions — must remain open. 

Even though they’re open, it’s a far cry from business as usual. In addition to making certain the workplace stays safe and secure, now company leadership must deal with the added challenge of implementing safety processes to minimize potential health risks. 

If that sounds like you, read on to see how the right visitor management app may be almost as helpful as hand sanitizers when it comes to fighting the symptoms of coronavirus.

You’ll learn a few ways to cut down on face-to-face interactions at your front desk and reduce health risks to your workplace. 

Ready? Let’s dive in.

COVID-19 is impacting the workplace. Here’s what that means. 

More than 100 countries have now reported laboratory-confirmed cases of COVID-19. 

If not managed carefully, this virus has the potential to cause risks to worksites. For example, look no further than Kimberly Clark and Facebook for examples of situations where contractors either tested positive for the virus or are concerned about catching it at the workplace.

This is a serious situation and people are concerned. Although opinions may differ, we can all agree that safety is a top priority.

COVID-19 is a respiratory disease that’s transmitted through the air. It can linger on surfaces and droplets of saliva carrying the virus can survive on surfaces even after 24 hours. In fact, the virus can live on up to three days on plastic and stainless-steel items, four hours on copper surfaces, and up to three hours suspended in a fine mist.

Companies are scrambling to minimize the chances of employees, contractors, or visitors getting sick or turning the workplace into a breeding ground for COVID-19.

Now, more than ever, it is important to take concrete steps to protect our workers and our workplaces. 

Let me show you how Sine can help.

How Sine could play a role in helping you manage the coronavirus crisis

We know that Sine can help businesses and their front desk so we decided to share some information about how our hardware can help you safeguard your workplace. 

Of course, it’s not just us that thinks Sine is the bee’s knees. Both TechTimes Inc. and MarTech Series rank Sine among the top best visitor management systems. 

Let’s take a look at a few of the ways Sine can serve as the first line of defence for essential organizations who must remain open:

  • All-in-one kiosk/iPad check-in — This handy feature enables people to check themselves into a worksite without the receptionist having to stop what they’re doing and facilitate the check-in. Offering self-service check-in for visitors, contractors, and staff frees up the time you spend on administration. Check out this short video to see Sine in action!
  • Sine mobile app — Our free Sine mobile app for iOS and Android lets busy, repeat visitors, contractors and staff provide check-in details and store data against their profiles for future use every time they return to a site. It will remember and populate the appropriate entry responses each time they check-in. You can swipe to check-in and out from your lock screen on arriving at a site. Or, scan into sites using the app where Sine branded QR posters are displayed for fast track access. See for yourself how easy it is to check-in with this 30-second video.
  • Instantly print visitor badges — Sine allows your visitors to do instant badge printing on arrival. You can also permit visitors using the mobile app to print ID badges automatically, and have them ready and waiting for pick up upon visitor arrival. You can print badges via the iPad, web dashboard, or from the Sine Pro mobile app and even cover multiple access points if you have multiple printers. 
  • Make check-in more secure with check-in formsCheck-in forms let companies show important documents like emergency evacuation, NDAs, documents to be signed, or key questions that must be answered as part of the registration process. Perhaps most importantly, you can use forms to add a COVID-19 Guidance Sheet to your check-in process. 

Staying safe if you’re staying open 

We realize not everyone can work from home. For those organizations who are struggling to balance business continuity with safety precautions for COVID-19, we’re here to help. 

If your company provides essential services, keep in mind that you can cut down on face-to-face interactions at your front desk and reduce health risks to your workplace by using a visitor management system like Sine.

Stay safe. You can sign up for a free trial with Sine.