As we move through a phased approach to re-opening businesses across the state, a preparedness plan will be critically necessary to safely and effectively welcome back your workforce. And undoubtedly, there may be many questions as to what local and state protocols will look like. The suggestions below are offered simply as a beginning framework for you to develop a workplace readiness plan appropriate for you and your organization.


As you prepare to re-open, virtually assemble who will serve as the key players for the planning team. Clearly outline cleaning protocols and identify any upgrades or repairs that may need to be completed prior to workers returning to the building. Consult with legal team to ensure you are following all local, state and federal mandates. Clearly communicate all building protocols with tenants, vendors, contractors, etc.


Communicate all re-opening policies with staff to lessen anxiety about returning to the workplace. Consider phasing in the return of your workforce in stages. Maintain social distancing and follow local, state and federal mandates concerning face masks for all employees, building personnel, workers or visitors to your building. Reduce seating in lobby, open office and/or common areas to support social distancing. Supply hand sanitizer and disinfectants near all work areas.


Disable touchscreens and limit number of visitors to the building. Discourage unplanned visits. Encourage contactless delivery. Consider the installation of thermal cameras or other detection technologies for temperature screening. Consider upgrading video conferencing tools to communicate easily with staff who continue to work from home.



Should you have any electrical needs as you prepare to re-open your business, please click here or call the PowerForward DuPage office at 630-791-2660 during normal business hours of 7am – 4pm, Monday – Friday. For additional re-opening guidance for your business, including cleaning and disinfection practices, please see resource links below.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois Department of Public Health

BOMA International’s Guide to Building Re-Entry