Your employees are returning to work during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — and your business needs to adjust to the “new normal.” Fortunately, if you develop a plan for workers going back to the office, you can ensure your employees can work safely.
Here are five steps to develop a plan for employees returning to work during the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Clean Your Workplace
Hire a cleaning service that can perform deep cleaning across your workplace. Disinfect common areas and personal workspaces and remove all trash from your work environment.
Additionally, update your workplace cleaning guidelines. Ensure workstations are cleaned at night and tidy up common areas throughout the day. You can also ask employees to dispose of any food under their workstations at the end of the workday.
2. Promote Good Hygiene
Provide easy access to hand sanitizer, hand soap, paper towels, and other supplies that employees can use to maintain proper hygiene. The CDC recommends washing the hands with soap and water frequently during the day to limit the coronavirus spread, and your employees should follow this recommendation.
Hang posters that encourage employees to practice good hygiene, too. These posters can promote effective handwashing, coughing and sneezing etiquette, and other best practices to your employees against the spread of bacteria and viruses.
3. Update Your Business Policies
Review your existing business policies and procedures and update them to account for the new normal associated with the coronavirus pandemic. You may need to update how your business handles sick-day requests and remote work. Furthermore, you may need to reevaluate the number of employees allowed to work in your office at a given time.
You will also need to modify your workspace to accommodate social distancing. It may be helpful to set up floor markings across your workplace to ensure employees can maintain a minimum of 6 ft. of physical distance from one another.
4. Provide Mental Health Support
Give your employees plenty of opportunities to reach out for mental health support. Workers may feel stressed or anxious as they adjust to the new normal. Thankfully, your business can offer mental health resources and tools to help these workers manage their mental wellbeing.
Encourage employees to seek mental health treatment if they are struggling to get their work done during the coronavirus pandemic. You can also provide mental health days that enable employees to take time off from work and practice self-care.
5. Foster Social Engagement
Let workers socialize with one another virtually. For example, you can set up a time for workers to meet over video chat and enjoy lunch together.
Although employees may need to remain physically distant from one another when they return to work, you can still foster social engagement. In doing so, you can help workers feel supported and help them get through the pandemic together.
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