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May 28, 2020 @ 12:00am

Here are top tips for employers to ease your employees back to the workplace Post-COVID-19 and give them confidence in their work environment. It is important to be open and transparent with workers on the return-to-work process.

  1. Develop people-focused policies and procedures

    remote meeting

Establish flexible work strategies such as:

  • Phase employees’ return to work in stages, taking into account risk and exposure levels
  • Remote work options, such as WFH or to minimize in-person meetings and travel
  • Alternate shifts of A/B team schedules

Allocate spaces and tools to discourage shared usage

  • Assign seats and storage for individuals
  • Dedicate meeting spaces and neighborhoods for teams
  • Provide personal phones and equipmentdistanced working spaces
  1. Create spaces that allow people to be “alone together”

Consider spacious layouts or stagger users to maintain 6-foot distances.

Create enclosures or delineate space. Screens, panels, drapery and dividers can all be utilized as architectural solutions.

  1. Assure employee safety and well-being

hand sanitizerMaintain a healthy physical environment and promote hygienic measures

    • Disinfect before workers return and create daily cleaning and disinfecting procedures for shared and individual spaces.
    • Post visible reminders to wash hands
    • Supply hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes
    • Put in furniture with antimicrobial properties and/or bleach-cleanable surfaces.

Add sensors and no-touch technology for hands-free operation

  • Doors, lighting, elevators, security systems
  • Audio/visual equipment
  • Document imaging equipment
  • Height-adjustable tables, task lights

Support employee health and wellness

    • Screen the health of all employees.
    • Have a plan to deal with sick employees, and encourage behaviors for hygiene and infection control.
    • Encourage employees to stay home when not feeling well
    • Sponsor programs for physical and mental well-being
    • Follow proper contact tracing steps if workers get sick to stop the spread of COVID-19.

Resource: WebMD

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