Tips for Creating Your Return to Work Action Plan
As you consider the possibility of reopening your office, what preparations need to be finalized prior to opening your doors to your employees and customers?
- Determine whether to reopen now or later.
Closely review the state and local guidelines provided to you so you fully understand the risks involved in reopening. Will your reopen include a phased return, starting with a staggered schedule to adhere to proper social distancing guidelines?
- Create protocols to address employee logistical challenges.
Do they have adequate childcare/senior care? Do they have proper transportation? Are they simply afraid to return to work at this time? Will your protocols include the reconfiguration of work schedules to limit the number of employees physically present in the office at one time? Will you implement work-from-home arrangements for positions where it is feasible for employees to do so?
- Create a Pandemic Response Team
The purpose of this team will be to help develop and implement a Social Distancing Plan. This will help manage the potential spread of the virus after reopening.
- Modify and Thoroughly Disinfect the Office
Follow procedures for social distancing which could include making changes to workspace configurations, daily cleaning, and regular handwashing.
- Establish Employee Screening Protocols and Policies – Coronavirus will not go away after reopening. It is important to have a system for screening potentially sick employees before they enter the office. Will this include daily temperature checks?
- Compile Safety Materials for Employees
Provide resources on social distancing, hand washing, and surface disinfecting to maintain a healthy workplace.
- Finalize Reopening
Review policies and procedures before reopening and check in with your employees. It is important to remain flexible during this period.
How many times since February and March have any of us had to understand and apply this to our lives? We know in our minds that we can’t change what mandates the powers-that-be are demanding of us; and though none of “like” it (Let’s face it, masks aren’t comfortable no matter how pretty-pictured or interestingly-designed they are, and hugs are awesome!)