Back to Work

COVID-19 restrictions are constantly shifting around the country depending on any given community’s surge. For those with low case numbers, many “nonessential” businesses are planning, or are in the process of, bringing employees back to work. Regardless of where companies land on this spectrum, one concern is top of mind for all: Safety.

While prudent, this anxiety degrades productivity. With so many people in or returning to the office, how can social distancing be effectively practiced? What happens when an employee comes in contact with someone with COVID-19, putting everyone else at risk?

The uncertainty of when to return to work for businesses has been replaced by a more important question: How to do it safely?

The substantial risk of infection leaves employers worrying about their employees’ mental and physical health simultaneously. These concerns can be mitigated with adequate preparation and planning.

If you are not prepared to have your employees return and have not planned for contingencies to keep everyone safe, your business and workforce could be at risk.

Is Your Business Prepared for the Return of On-Site Employees?

To prepare for the return of your employees, all local, state, and federal health protocols should be closely followed. For this, we turn to the Centers of Disease Control.

The CDC has a number of resources available to help you keep your workforce safe and business protected. The agency recommends that businesses use these guidelines to enact a Back to Work plan that is specific to their operations, and that addresses employees’ unique concerns.

A Back to Work safety plan can include:

  • Giving employees a questionnaire to help you identify high-risk individuals.
  • Screening employees and taking temperature readings before they can be allowed to enter workspace areas.
  • Instructions for employees to stay home if they become sick. If employees become symptomatic, tell them who to contact. You can designate key HR or management personnel to handle these safety concerns.
  • Protocols to identify when employees are required to self-quarantine based on symptoms or exposure to others. A duration of quarantine should be established, and conditions created for returning to work. Protocols can also be developed for contract tracing and to maintain employee privacy in accordance with local and federal laws.
  • Staff education so that everyone in the office remains informed of how the virus spreads, and how to mitigate the chance of infection. These include keeping workspaces clean, and immediately notifying a supervisor and local health department if they develop symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Policies for worker protection, including when to use PPE, such as masks.
  • Cooperation with your local and state health departments to ensure you are following their health protocols and guidelines as well, which includes the identification and reporting of new potential cases of COVID-19.
  • Rules for employees, such as telling staff to stay home if they are sick. Other examples include regular handwashing and to avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Protocols for cleaning staff on how to clean and disinfect workspace areas, including non-porous surfaces and electronics such as computers. Cleaning staff should be trained particularly on the hazards of using cleaning chemicals in the workplace in accordance with OSHA standards, as well as the proper disposal of regulated waste and PPE.
  • Steps to take when a worker becomes exposed to or infected by COVID-19. These steps can and should include isolating the employee, which means to physically move the person to a location away from workers, customers, vendors, and visitors.

Having tactics like these in place will ease employees’ concerns, letting them focus on their jobs. Furthermore, with CDC mandated health and safety protocols in place, the risks of COVID-19 infection can be minimized significantly. 

Back to Work Protocol is Critical for Businesses

A Back to Work safety protocol that is tailored to your business, and that fits your employees’ needs, will help keep your team, their families, and the community safe by slowing the spread of infection. Aside from liability issues that can come from ill-preparedness, having a clearly defined plan in place increases worker confidence and morale. A Back to Work plan sends a clear message that the company cares, and that empathy can go a long way.

Putting a plan in place will help reduce distraction and help your teams get back to what they do best.

How ProLink Can Help

Our Back to Work Safety protocol follows CDC guidelines for COVID-19 screenings and testing, and those suggested by global, national, and local health authorities. We also work with your local health department to ensure the testing and communication process follows all local laws and regulations.

ProLink’s estimated timeline to implement our Back to Work Safety program is within 72 hours after the contract has been executed. You should begin seeing results in 48-72 hours. The results will be faxed to a secure fax number to ensure privacy and HIPAA regulation compliance.

What Makes ProLink Different?

Our Back to Work program protects your business and employees. Our workforce solutions offer a superior hiring experience, should you need contingent staffing. We offer the right mix of technical skills and domain-specific knowledge that your enterprise needs. Whether you work in the field of engineering, manufacturing, architecture, construction, energy, science, or government, or you offer a skilled trade or professional service, we can help.

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