The Safe Return-to-Work Dilemma
The back-to-work challenge amid the pandemic
As some states and provinces are loosening COVID restrictions, companies are also wanting to return to a state of normalcy. Some employers are considering exercising their right to order everyone back to their workplace.
However, there are issues at play when they do this.
If an employee refuses to return to work, or demonstrates an unwillingness to return, some employers that make refusal a cause for discharge. This could very well cause a widespread morale issue unless an employee has a contract clarifying the employer’s rights, which tends to reduce resistance.
An underlying employee fear that feeds resistance
The problem of resistance may be fed by more than just wanting the comfort of staying at home. Fear of reuniting with their co-workers and becoming infected serves as a real and present danger to the remote employee.
What are employers doing to safeguard their employees and build trust that they will be protected from infection as much as humanly possible? Besides the requisite 6 foot rule, and masks in the office – what are they doing?
Even though we are one year into this pandemic, many employers are still using a manual system to ask the COVID questions at the door, and track the responses. With anxiety levels already high, any potential contact with an infected someone who is near the building where they work can send an employee over the edge. There needs to be a more comprehensive system in place to build the trust and make employees feel safer.
Not having a workforce safety response system affects the employer as well. A COVID-19 outbreak can affect
- workforce allocation
- the bottom line.
If a person is infected by a co-worker, and they are unable to isolate who that person came into contact with, then do you send the entire workforce out to be tested? It’s a big job to manually track all employee contacts, so some employers are turning to health apps and automated contact-tracing systems to mitigate the risk of an employee infecting others at work.
What can an automated health track-n-trace system do for an employer? Here are a few of the benefits of automating the safe return to work process with NotifyBoss.
- Protect your employees with customized health check-ins they fill out BEFORE they come to work.
- Require that outside groups (sub-contractors, delivery people, customers, visitors etc) fill out the health check-in before entering.
- Responsibility for receiving check-ins and health alerts are divided up between several bosses.
- Because of how you can organize your work groups, you can track down infected contacts and eliminate spread of COVID through the secure reporting process.
It serves a company well to adopt a tracking system and present it to employees as a safety response system that will benefit them – keeping them safe and productive.