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Getting back to work safely following COVID-19

It’s 2021 and we’re sure we can speak on behalf of many people in our community and say that by now we thought we’d all be back in the workplace with some sense of the old normality. However, here we are into the 2nd week of January and many of us are still working from our home office setups, particularly with the UK currently in its third national lockdown since COVID-19 started to spread early last year.

But, this year, we’re not going to let the words COVID, lockdown, pandemic (or anything else related to the matter) get to us. We’re excited about what this new year is going to bring and can’t wait to get back to work safely with the rest of the team. If you follow us on social media, you’ll have seen us post a quote earlier in the week:

“Being positive in a negative situation is not naive. It’s leadership.”

We felt it was very apt in the current situation we all find ourselves in, and throughout the last year, we’ve done exactly that - stayed positive in what, for many, has felt quite a negative situation. Going into this year, we are going to be doing the same. 2021 is going to be the year of positivity, and we’re positive that we’ll all be getting back to work quicker than you think.

Which brings us on to today’s blog. We’re encouraging our community to join us in being leaders, and we want you to feel positive and confident when returning back to the workplace. So, below are some of our tips for how you can utilise features within Sign In App (which are all included in your annual subscription at no added cost) to help you get back to work safely post pandemic. We’ve written a few blogs like this over the past few months but with new features released, it was time for an updated one.

Health questionnaires

2020 brought a lot of new regulations and procedures which we have no doubt will be staying throughout 2021 and beyond. One of those is the increased importance of asking health questions to visitors and staff when they arrive on site to maintain everyone’s safety. Sign In App makes it easy for you to ask health screening questions, notify team members and keep up-to-date records.

Health screening questionnaires can be set up for iPad sign in, contactless sign in and Companion app. Learn more about setting them up in our blog here.

Rejected sign ins

Rejected sign ins is one of our newer features in Sign In App. The unfriendly nature of rejecting a visitor or staff member’s sign in isn’t our usual style, however as the need to have full control over who is allowed on site increases, we felt it was an important feature to introduce. When someone’s sign in gets rejected, they will be shown a bespoke message with what to do next.

Learn more about rejected sign ins in our user guide here.

Health and safety messages & policies

The health and safety of people on site is more important than ever and, as we mentioned earlier, there are new regulations and procedures coming and changing weekly, and sometimes daily, at the moment. Sign In App allows you to easily upload and change your health and safety messages, NDAs and policies. Messages can also be presented through text, images, PDFS or videos to make the information more engaging.

Learn more about messages here.

Sign In Points

We initially introduced Sign In Points to enable pubs and restaurants in the UK to open up with a data compliant contact tracing solution back in July last year. However, Sign In Points are available for any site with an annual subscription and it’s a great feature for sites with multiple entrances or exits where an iPad at each entrance may not be suitable.

Sign In Points allows guests to sign in and out using their personal smartphone by scanning a static QR code displayed on a poster. Learn more in our user guide here.

Contactless sign in

After COVID-19, the demand for touch-free technology has increased. Any action someone can do without having to touch a device that isn’t their own is very welcomed which is why we introduced contactless sign in. Contactless sign in allows visitors to sign in with their personal smartphone device by scanning a QR code displayed on your reception iPad or Sign In Point. We also offer other touch-free sign in options for staff and regular visitors, including Companion app and Sign In App Tap.

Learn more about making your sign in process safe and secure with contactless sign in here.

Companion app

While we’re confident that we’ll be returning to the office, we’re also aware that a number of organisations will continue to have staff working remotely either permanently or through flexible working. Companion app provides a mobile sign in option for staff and regular visitors, whether they’re signing in on-site or remotely. Companion supports the full sign in process, so that includes health screening questions, health & safety messages and policies, running evacuation reports, and more.

Sign In App Companion is included in your annual subscription with an unlimited amount of users, and is available on both iPhone and Android. Learn more here.


We hope this blog helps when creating your plan to get back to work safely post pandemic, and if you have any questions about the above features or other ways Sign In App can help with creating a safe workplace, get in touch with our friendly team! You can find all the ways to contact us, including live chat and email, here.