With COVID-19 cases falling across the country, employees are slowly returning to the workplace. Even as over 126 million people have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19, there are millions more that will enter the workplace without any sort of natural protection. While the vaccines and low cases are a small step towards the “old normal,” staying vigilant about health can help keep cases low and reduce the risk of spikes.
Ultimately, no one knows your employees better than themselves. Implementing a self-screening procedure can help stop illnesses before they come into the workplace. Let your workers know what to look out for each morning including:
- Body aches
- Shortness of Breath
If your employees show any of these symptoms, they should not come into the office or should leave work immediately to limit the spread. Daily self-screening helps keep those at risk of infecting others at home, leading to a healthier and more productive workforce.
Health and Safety Protocols in the Workplace
Recent studies shed light on how employees feel about returning to the workplace. According to a Robert Half survey, 33% of employees surveyed would leave their current role if required to be in the office full-time. Additionally, 51% indicated they’d prefer to have a hybrid model of working from home some days per week. These responses are being echoed across social media where employees voice their concerns about returning to the workplace. Developing protocols that prioritize safety may ease some of their concerns and allow workers to focus solely on work.
These procedures can also help any potential visitor understand what’s expected while in the workplace. As many offices shut their doors to visitors during the height of the pandemic, they may begin to let vendors and certain visitors enter. Posting any regulations in an entrance can help visitors know what’s expected of them while in the office, and provide peace of mind for employees. Additionally, posted regulations eases pressure on your employees to act as the “safety police” for anyone not following procedures.
Convenient Workforce Testing and Vaccinations
At ARCpoint Labs, we understand that millions of employees may not yet be vaccinated. It’s still just as important as ever to stay vigilant against COVID-19 even as cases fall. Testing after possible exposures with Same-Day Viral Testing can help limit the spread in the workplace. Plus with a nationwide network of testing facilities, getting a test is fast and convenient. Find your nearest participating ARCpoint Labs location and schedule your appointment.