As business owners, first we responded to the Coronavirus crisis. Then we tried to keep our businesses running and employees employed. Now, as some states are beginning to lift their shelter in place orders, we are navigating our way back to business.
Certain non-essential sectors of the economy either have been, or soon will be, permitted to open for business. As we slowly reopen these businesses, employers must figure out how to make their workplaces safe for employees (and visitors, if any are allowed) in the age of COVID-19. This will most likely include developing new policies and procedures—some mandated by our local, state, and federal governments, and others implemented to ease the minds of employees who have been sheltering for many weeks.
These are some actions employers should take or at least keep in mind as they begin to restart business:
Prepare for employees’ return
In conjunction with preparing for employees’ return, employers must also prepare the physical work environment.
These are some of the tangible actions employers can take to prepare for employees’ return to work. Given the uncertainty of this time, be prepared for employees to be apprehensive as they reengage with the workforce. The best advice is to stay agile and be willing to adapt to the circumstances. If your organization needs a review of its practices and policies please contact me to discuss how we can assist you.
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