What Your Competitors Are Doing to Keep Employees and Customers Safe

By Chip Phillips on August 3, 2020
Tags: Business Operations, COVID-19 Resources, Safety


GoCanvas surveyed its customer base, as well as other small business leaders, in June 2020 about their industry outlook as a result of the global pandemic. This blog post highlights our initial findings. Data from this GoCanvas Small Business Report is sourced from 270 small businesses within a varying spread of industries.  

Industries Include:

  • 17.9% – Specialty Trade Contractors 
  • 13.6% – Building, Equipment, Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC 
  • 8.1% – Transportation Logistics 
  • 7% – Healthcare
  • 5.5% – Foundation, Structure, & Building Exterior Contractors

87.5% of respondents are drafting guidelines for returning to work (eg. social distancing, disinfecting)

  • Precautions to inform employees, contractors, and visitors of the up-to-date guidelines are regularly communicated by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
  • These guidelines are important for helping individuals to protect themselves and highlight important matters such as symptoms of COVID-19, protective practices such as wearing cloth face coverings, and how to travel safely. 
  • Using these guidelines, businesses, workplaces, recreational facilities, schools, and more can be better prepared and promote the safety and well-being of those on-site, as well as those in the community.

49% of respondents are performing temperature checks for employees

  • As businesses reopen, new processes and procedures are critical to minimizing the spread of the disease and protecting your business.
  • Many small businesses are documenting symptoms, taking pictures of thermometer readings, and requiring sign-off that results are accurate.

78% have heightened precautions for contractors, suppliers, and vendors

  • This includes now common practices such as: social distancing, providing safety and disinfecting equipment, etc. 
  • Expectation that any vendor employee who has tested positive, or has been exposed to the Coronavirus, follows a strict stay home order until the point in time where they test negative.
  • Other precautions: reducing the number of visitors accessing your office location and when possible, conducting virtual meetings/conference calls.

Interested in learning more? Tune into our live webinar on Thursday, August 22nd, at 2 PM ET, as we review more survey results. Register here.