The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has forced many businesses to temporarily halt operations or require employees to work from home. However, states are lifting restrictions intended to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and your business needs to start planning for the “new normal” after the pandemic.
It won’t be business as usual when companies start to resume normal operations following the COVID-19 pandemic. As such, you need to prepare your employees for what to expect once they return to work. In doing so, you can ensure your employees can perform daily tasks without putting themselves or others in danger.
Now, let’s look at four things you can do to prep your workforce to resume normal business operations after the coronavirus pandemic.
1. Follow Your State Regulations
Find out if your state has lifted coronavirus restrictions to the point where your employees can return to work. How states approach coronavirus restrictions varies, so you need to learn when restrictions are lifted, and how your business can manage its operations in the days, weeks, and months that follow.
Encourage your employees to return to work only when it is safe. Remember, employee safety is paramount. If your employees can work remotely until the coronavirus pandemic passes, allow them to do so.
2. Make a Plan
Discuss how your business will approach work following the coronavirus pandemic with managers across all departments. Examine how many employees will be allowed to work at a given time, the size of your workplace, and other factors to ensure workers are safe when they return.
Keep the lines of communication open between management and employees, too. Your workers probably have lots of questions surrounding the coronavirus pandemic, and you should try to answer them as best as you can. That way, you can show your workers that you are doing everything possible to help them safely return to work.
3. Promote Social Distancing
Place markers on floors and set up signs at work to remind employees to maintain a minimum of 6 feet of physical space from one another. You can also limit the number of employees allowed in meeting rooms and break areas.
Modify work schedules as needed to make it easier for your employees to practice social distancing. For instance, you can use alternate-day schedules or staggered start times to reduce workplace congestion.
4. Request Feedback
Meet with employees to ensure they feel safe and supported at work. Schedule regular meetings with your workforce so you can identify any problem areas and address them right away.
Finally, it is crucial to note that the coronavirus pandemic is ongoing, and we all need to do our part to put an end to it. If you maintain constant communication with your workers during this challenging time, you and your employees can work together to prepare for life after the pandemic.
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