There are many things that an employer can do to help slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For many businesses, this meant closing down entirely for a time so that the country could be ready for what comes next. As businesses are starting to return to work, it is still important to take precautions to ensure the coronavirus doesn’t spread unchecked. The most important things that a business owner can do is to make sure that the facility is cleaned and disinfected regularly to kill the virus should it be present. There are, however, other things that can also be done to help slow the spread.
Employees who are familiar with how the COVID-19 virus spreads are more likely to take steps to slow it down. Teaching employees about the various ways that this virus spreads will help them to make smart decisions both at work and at home to keep themselves safe, and those around them.
Update Time Away Policies
It is critical that anyone who starts to feel sick in almost any way stays home until their symptoms pass. Employees are often reluctant to stay home unless they are extremely sick because they don’t want to lose pay, use up sick time, or get in trouble. Updating your time away policy to make it easier for employees to take a sick day when they need to will help make sure that they are not coming to work and infecting others.
Mark Social Distancing Areas
Telling employees and customers that they need to remain six feet apart is a good start. Showing them how far that is will help them to put that into practice. Placing floor markings in areas where multiple people are likely to congregate is a great way to help ensure people practice social distancing properly. These floor markings can serve as a visual reminder of just how far apart people should be. Practicing social distancing is critical inside, but fighting COVID-19 on construction sites and other outdoor jobs is also important.
Every business will have a different set of practices that they follow to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Implementing policies that help keep the virus in check will help employees, the business, and the entire country stay healthy.
- What can I tell my employees about reducing the spread of COVID-19 at work?
- What policies can employers implement to enforce social distancing?
- Why is social distancing still important?
- Do business events need to be canceled?
- How can social distancing be practiced for small businesses?
- How can I protect workers interacting with customers?
- How does social distancing slow down an outbreak?
- What is the difference between social distancing vs. quarantine?
- What are the CDC recommendations for workplaces and COVID-19?