Amidst the Corona Virus outbreak of 2020, companies must look to safeguard their most essential commodity, employees! As we have seen over the past few months, many employees are having to work from home or unemployed due to the global pandemic that has disrupted every part of our lives. So in order to get back to business as usual, there must be necessary changes made to how we conduct business.

Companies should look to evaluate their current scope of work and focus on ways to protect their employees if something like this was to happen again. Below is an outline of ways that can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases throughout the workplace.

  1. Consider what is essential and non-essential personnel. Reducing the number of onsite employees can limit the amount of personal interaction and decrease the spread of infectious diseases. This could mean allowing key personnel like Recruiters, Benefits Administrators, and Accounts Payable & Receivable Personnel to work remotely.
  2. Provide a rotating schedule for certain personnel to be in the office as to allow everyone time to work remotely.
  3. Download apps like Google Hangouts or Slack to communicate, share files, or relay correspondence as needed.
  4. Reduce conference room meetings to virtual meetings. In today’s society, everyone has a smart phone or laptop to which they can jump on a teleconference or video conference from wherever they are.
  5. Social distancing will become the new norm, try to stay at least 4-6 feet away from co-workers and visitors
  6. Companies should also invest in hand sanitize stations placed throughout their facility.
  7. Utilize thorough cleaning services to clean and disinfect restrooms, gathering places, etc.
  8. Employees should manage their own work space just like it was their own home. If you are cleaning your home thoroughly now, you should also clean your work area the same.
  9. Create an Illness Policy for infectious disease.
  10. Initiate a Risk Assessment Team to evaluate risks of illness within the organization as well as keeping everyone accountable under the new policies and procedures.

If employees are working in the field (i.e., residential, commercial construction, sanitation’s, etc.) proper PPE should be implemented in reducing the risk of transferring or catching airborne pathogens. If we all do our part in making sure to wash our hands, reduce cross contamination, and properly sanitize (home, office, vehicles, keys, cellphones, etc.) we can greatly reduce the risk of infection. Stay safe!

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