Difficult Situation regarding Reopening During Covid-19
I am the Office Administrator at a small law firm. Covid-19 has hit us particularly hard and our paralegal and support staff have been working half time and getting half salary since the end of March. Lately, the morale has not been great as there has been no sign from the partners that the paralegals and support staff will be returning any time soon. People are stressed, and understandably so. I have brought up the morale to the partners ad nauseum and it seems to fall on deaf ears. Now, I have been asked to review the office Covid-19 policy once again to allow for limited client appointments in the office. This, in and of itself is not difficult. However, one part is going to ruffle feathers. The partners want me to assign the responsibility of wiping down the plexiglass barriers in the conference room and other surfaces to the staff when the attorneys are done with their meetings. They have expressed to me that someone needs to be assigned that task. Honestly, I feel that whoever is using the conference room should clean after themselves. With the morale so low at this point, if I come out with a new policy that assigns paralegals to basically stop what they're doing to go wipe down surfaces in the conference room after the attorneys are done with their appointments going to look like an insult. I can't afford to have the morale drop any further. Is it wring for me to ask the attorneys to clean up after themselves? I know I'm going to get backlash no matter how I do this, but our staff is working super hard, trying to get 8 hours of work crammed into a 4 hour day. Now I'm going to ask them to be cleaning ladies for the attorneys? Any advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.