The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses to go viral, have employees work remotely, or in many cases, shut down entirely. As new case growth slows, many organizations are considering re-entry and are faced with tough choices on how, or if to bring employees back to the office. Companies must access the risk and develop strategies to mitigate threats for the company and its employees.
Use evidence-based reasoning to develop an infection control policy:
- Will you require your employees to wear masks?
- How will you change your processes so employees can maintain the six feet of distance safe-practice policy?
- What is the capacity of your office so that you can maintain the proper person per square foot rule?
COVID-19 affects everyone differently. Analyze the needs of your employee groups to determine how you will accommodate at-risk employees in your re-entry plan:
- Possibly stagger re-entry on a case by case basis. Determine which jobs can be done remotely – there is no need to rush employees back to the office in some cases.
- Employees who have had COVID-19 symptoms, have tested positive, or are waiting on test results should obviously remain home for 14 days without symptoms.
- Limit gatherings and establish rules to create “new normals,” new routines, new daily habits to help employees feel more in control to regain a sense of normalcy and limit stress.
For more information on getting your workplace ready for COVID-19, see this notice from the World Health Organization