Preparing For The 4th July

Drink anyone?

So this is it!  After the government’s announcement allowing pubs, restaurants, hotels and hairdressers to reopen on the 4th July, is your business prepared?

Even though the Prime Minister has said that ideally, people should remain 2 metres apart, a 1 metre plus policy has been introduced. 

Dinner is served

Have you, as a restaurant or pub considered the impact on your current layout?  In pubs and restaurants, it’s not just about leaving at least a 1m gap between tables, but you will also need to consider allowing space for people to pass between those tables. Perhaps heading to the bathroom or the bar.  Will a one way system need to be introduced? 

With the new guidance suggesting that pubs and restaurants will all become table service, the spacing of your tables and chairs will become critical.  Will you still adhere to the 2m policy, or try to get as many customers in as possible with the 1m plus rule?

More so than ever, your business is going to have a surplus of furniture.

Haircut Sir?

As a hairdresser, will you have to think about installing screens between clients, whilst also allowing you space to manoeuvre around them?  Space in most salons is at a premium as it is, with workspace, reception space and rooms for your stock.  What is going to happen with the additional chairs that will need to be moved out of the way for people to work safely?

Don’t feel the need to rush and sell your surplus furniture though.

At Flexible Storage Solutions, we have the space for you! 

Our Self Storage for Business Use, can give you the temporary storage space you’re looking for during the ongoing pandemic and social distancing rules.  We can offer short-term rolling contracts, giving you the flexibility you need in these uncertain times. When social distancing rules are lifted further, you may require some of your stock back. With our contracts you can rent more or less storage as needed.  With space being at such a premium in London and the South-East, and commercial prices being so high, allow us to give you the flexibility to use only the space you need and for the exact amount of time you need it.

Rules and guidance for so many countries is constantly fluctuating, so we can help you by providing the space you need.  We all have to hope one day that Covid-19 will be a thing of the past, allowing daily life to continue as it was before.  But who knows if social distancing will be the new normality for so many of us.  By renting storage space from us, you know your goods are in safe hands.

Our storage facilities offer a higher level of security than traditional lock-ups provide.  With 24/7 CCTV surveillance and on-site staff coupled with industrial strength locks, your know your goods are well protected.  We make it easy for you to gain access to your items when needed, with access-controlled gates, using unique codes and phone number recognition, making is as convenient as possible to allow you access to your storage items.

And in a world where a pandemic isn’t enough of a worry, be sure that our containers are also fire and waterproof.

Clean Desk Policy

Clean desk policies were initially introduced to ensure workspaces were clutter free, making them great looking spaces – ones that would also help increase productivity.  It allowed flexibility of working spaces, making sure desks weren’t purely owned by one person.

With the implementation of GDPR in 2018, it became even more imperative to have a clean desk policy to help keep companies GDPR compliant – ensuring confidential files and information weren’t seen by prying eyes or falling into the wrong hands. 

And now in 2020, a clean desk policy is now imperative – not only to make your business and office compliant with GDPR legislation, but also to make it more hygienic.  If your desk is cluttered with paperwork, post-it notes, mugs and other personal possessions, how can you ensure everything is thoroughly cleaned at the end of the day, ready for any of your staff to use it the following day.

But I’m still working from home – why would I need a clean desk policy?

A clean desk policy doesn’t only relate to those people who are now back in the office.  It’s now becoming clearer that many companies will be adopting new work from home policies for their staff post lockdown.

If you’re one of the many professionals that is still able to work from home, a clean desk policy is not just there simply to provider a clearer space for cleaning.

What would happen if you were to leave a confidential file at home on your desk, and the worst happened – you were broken into and that file was taken?  What would be the legal stance for you, or your company in terms of GDPR?

What if you leave important documents on the kitchen counter and coffee was spilled on them – those ones being the only copy to work from – what do you do?

What if you have an important video call with a colleague or a client and private documents are on display?

A clean desk policy will help you organise your work space – reducing your stress and giving you that peace of mind you need.  With some simple organisation, you can save time finding important documents and know that when you don’t need them, they’re safe and GDPR compliant.

With Flexible Storage Solutions we can offer you Business Document Storage, Financial Document Storage, Legal Document Storage and Medical Document Storage.  We’re fully compliant with GDPR data protection regulations, so you’re in the safest possible hands.  With our online file management service, we can index all of your business documents to make it easy for you to track and retrieve any of your files in storage, allowing you to have your space back at home and adhere to your clean desk policy…..and if the mood takes you, you can give your own workspace a quick wipe down!

The dreaded return to work

So working from home was your dream – no more early starts, the freedom to work in your pyjamas and avoiding the dreaded commute!!

Then lockdown began to ease…

In light of the current situation surrounding Covid-19, it is now more important than ever for those companies who are already open, or beginning to reopen, to implement a clean desk policy, not only for the security of documents but for your own staffs health and safety.

At Flexible Storage Solutions we can help you with the hire of our confidential waste disposal bins.  You can ensure maximum hygiene standards are maintained at all times in the office. A simple slot in the top of the bin allows you to simply drop the documents in, leaving yourself and the bin virus free.  No more office shredders, being operated by multiple people all day. 

We’ll ensure contactless deliveries and collections and replace the waste disposal bags when it’s convenient for you.  GDPR compliance is adhered to at every level; drivers and staff are vetted and DBS checked and your confidential waste has a certificate of destruction for every batch!