Employee and business preparations for the effects of COVID-19.
With all that is going on around the world, everyone is taking extra precaution whenever they step outside of the safety of their homes. Essential workers and business owners keep the economy running by bravely operating during dangerous times.
As a small business owner, your employees’ health should be top priority. Protecting them from the pandemic by applying safety procedures and precaution should be the new normal in your everyday business operations. Manage your workforce and limit the spread of the disease by observing social distancing and proper sanitation. Address concerns within your team and be open to communicating with everyone and their finding out their needs.
Here are some steps you can take to protect your employees as you prepare to operate during a pandemic.
Identify a workplace coordinatorNational Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD), Division of Viral Diseases “Prepare your Small Business and Employees for the Effects of COVID-19.” 04 April 2020
Examine policies for leave, telework, and employee compensation
Review your leave policies with all employees
Identify essential employees and business functions, and other critical inputs
Prepare business continuity plans
Establish an emergency communications plan
Share your response plans with employees and clearly communicate expectations
Keep in mind that your employees’ health is crucial to running your business.
If you have an employee who is feeling under the weather, encourage them to stay at home before coming back to work. Most employees fear losing their jobs, so assure them that they have a place to return to once they are all better. For most people, keeping themselves and their family safe is the biggest factor they take into when they consider going back to work so make sure that your policies and leaves are readily available for employees who need it the most. Explore operational options like work-from-home alternatives. If your team needs to report to an office, ensure that proper cleaning and sanitation is in place and that a routine must be placed around cleanliness every day.
There are also other factors to consider depending on your city or state.
Check local government regulations regarding workplace contact and how much manpower is needed in a face-to-face environment. Remember to always follow the CDC guidelines when do have en employee who has contracted the disease. Keep everyone safe and assured that everything is going to be okay.
Silicon Harbor Business Services is based in Mount Pleasant, SC. We provide solid, practical advice to small business owners and select individuals.
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