April 29, 2020
Returning to Work
In the coming weeks, many businesses are preparing to resume operations as stay-at-home orders come to a close. However, returning back to work safely requires thoughtful and significant consideration. As we resume a new sense of normalcy, business leaders must implement new restrictions to keep their workforce, clients, and the general public healthy and safe.
As you create your business plan to return your staff back to work safely, consider the following questions*:
Returning to Work:
Creating a Safe Work Environment
- What sanitation protocols do we need to implement to return to work safely? How will we conduct routine and structured cleaning processes?
- How will we modify the floor plan to align with physical and social distancing guidelines?
- Do we have the ability and the resources to obtain personal protective equipment for the staff?
- What are our plans to limit the number of staff in the building at one time? Do we have the ability and the infrastructure to allow a portion of our workforce to work from home?
- What are our guidelines for visitors or the general public gaining access to our facility?
- Do we have a plan to manage and monitor food safety?
- Do we have a business protocol for personal and business travel?
- What will our new business hours be?
Leading and Communicating with Your Staff
- Do we have a crisis management team? If not, what are our plans to form this team? How will we build a formal, yet fluid, transition plan?
- Are we prepared to lead our staff with empathy and address concerns as they arise within our organization?
- Do we have a communications plan to stay in contact with both remote and in-facility staff?
- How will we define and measure a successful transition back to work?
We’re all in unchartered territory during this unprecedented time, but we’re in this together. As many businesses reopen their doors and return back to work, we must continue to stay informed with public health recommendations by official health organizations.
*Each business is unique and will require different safety protocols. Follow health organization recommendations, such as the CDC, for protecting your workforce and the general public.