During COVID-19, many employees have been asked to work from home but unfortunately, that has not been the case with everyone. Not all employees have the benefits to work from home, in fact the business nature of some workers requires them to come to office. Under such circumstances, having a healthy workplace and friendly environment will make your employees appreciate your caring attitude towards them.
Concerning this, there are a few guidelines that should be followed at all times and not just during a global pandemic. However right now, since the coronavirus is influencing all our decisions, employers must be prepared if any of their employees falls sick with COVID-19. The immediate effect on the organisation will be the COVID-19 testing for all employees and staff working in-house for the organisation.
Every organisation has their own sick policy, and in times of COVID-19, the basic guidelines should be reviewed. For example, are you making your employees spend too much in-office time? If yes, that could not only lead to severe exhaustion, but it could also increase their chances of being exposed to COVID-19. Moreover, many employees are not outspoken about how they're feeling, so it's your duty to make them feel comfortable and speak out, if you suspect they haven't been feeling well.
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Remember not to burden just one employee's shoulders with all the workload. If you're sending one employee home, their absence can effect the entire team. So instead of burdening everyone else in the team, you would have to review all activities and reconsider your timeline. Lastly in these tough times, it is so important for every spot of the office to be extremely clean using a disinfectant spray. The nature of COVID-19 is such that it does not only spread from human to human, but it can also be contracted from an infected surface.
The infographic below sums up all the necessary and appropriate measures to take better care of your sick employees, with COVID-19 being around and otherwise as well.
Infographic by: JWSuretyBonds