How to protect your business from a Covid-19 outbreak

Rapid testing

Rapid testing gives businesses a quick and effective way to test their workforce, either on a regular basis or when someone displays symptoms. Regularly testing your workforce can prevent an asymptomatic individual from spreading Covid-19 around your workforce, while having rapid tests available for when someone displays symptoms can reduce the amount of time they are off work.

Create a Covid-secure workplace

Many businesses have already set up Covid-19 protocols to keep their employees safe while at work. However, if your employees are returning to the workplace for the first time in the new year you may be wondering what you should be putting in place. As you reconfigure workspaces to allow for social distancing, always refer to government guidelines and advice as a first point of reference to understand what you must legally do.

Prepare flexible policies

Decide in advance how your company is going to support employees in different situations so, if they happen, you’re prepared. Create flexible policies which can be easily implemented and prioritise the mental health of the individual so that when an employee with a chronic health condition or a need to facilitate social distancing for a period of time asks for accommodations, the company is already prepared to address their needs. This enables your business to adapt quickly to situations which you have prepared for and use the processes and learnings already in place to resolve unexpected situations.

Communicate openly and with empathy

Finally, what, when and how you communicate with your employees is really important in building confidence and trust. Your employees’ wellbeing is extremely important during this on-going period of uncertainty so keeping them updated and informed is vital. Ensure you communicate with your employees each time something changes and explain how this may or may not affect them. Set employees’ expectations of what returning to the workplace will be like to help ease anxiety about the transition. Videos of the new office layout, easy to understand documents on the new protocols in place and a person they can contact if they have any questions are all great ways of reducing uncertainty.



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