As the pandemic wanes, an increasing number of professionals are looking for new opportunities. For some, it’s a return to the workforce after a coronavirus layoff. For others, it’s moving away from their current employer toward something better.
When a professional is examining opportunities or their current position, their priorities are different from pre-pandemic. Health and safety are increasingly important, particularly since COVID-19 is still a factor in many areas.
As an employer, ensuring the health and safety of your workforce is a must. Otherwise, you’ll struggle with both recruitment and retention, making it harder to secure a right-sized workforce brimming with talent.
You can do things to make sure you address the health and safety of your teams effectively. If you aren’t sure where to begin, here are some tips that can help.
Maintain Remote Work Arrangements
One of the simplest steps you can take is to maintain remote work arrangements. When employees aren’t in the office, their risk of exposure to COVID-19 may decrease. Plus, if anyone falls ill, they aren’t exposing other team members along the way.
Conduct On-Site Health Screenings
For employees that need to return to the workplace, on-site health screenings are a wise addition to your safety protocols. Ask workers to answer a few questions about their possible exposure to the coronavirus and if they are experiencing symptoms. You could also do temperature checks if appropriate.
If you go this route, make sure you follow local laws regarding employee health information. The rules can vary between locations, so it’s important to research local requirements before implementing this kind of program.
Update Air Filtration Systems
Many air filtration systems can reduce the spread of viruses. If yours isn’t designed with that in mind, updating the system could be a wise move. While it may be an investment, it could make a significant difference if there is a new surge.
Streamline Traffic Flows
If your workplace welcomes members of the public or requires employees to navigate various building areas to complete their tasks, streamline your traffic flows. Create designated paths for moving between stations or locations, making it easier to follow social distancing requirements.
Adopt Contact Tracing
Implementing an internal contact tracing protocol could help you limit the spread of the virus if there is exposure. Certain wearable technologies can make this easier, tracking employee movements while on-site. However, other approaches are potentially viable, so use the method that works best for you.
Provide Suitable Paid Leave
Paid sick leave gives employees a safety net if they fall ill. Since they won’t have to sacrifice pay, they may be more inclined to stay home if they have symptoms. That reduces overall exposure and gives your workforce more peace of mind.
All of the health and safety tips above can help put your workforce’s minds at ease. If you’d like to learn more about how you can protect your employees, the team at The Advance Group can help. Contact us today.