While the full extent of COVID-19's global impact is yet unknown, it's a good idea to take precautionary measures to protect yourself, your employees and your business.
In light of this pandemic, it's important to stay updated on health guidelines from trusted organizations like the World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or Public Health Emergency. Ensure you're getting information from reliable sources to avoid spreading misinformation.
While hospitals and governments work to keep people healthy and safe, many businesses like yours are continuing to provide customers with what they need during this period. Learn some general tips on how to keep your business and most valued assets (aka employees) safe during a pandemic outbreak.
1. Ensure clear communication to staff regarding the full extent of COVID-19's global impact and how it would affect employee safety and overall productivity of the organization.
2. Offer reasonable working options like telecommuting for a few days in case staff members are symptomatic and need time to recuperate.
3. Increase online meetings and promote social distancing to protect the welfare of people and use of virtual technology.
4. Encourage staff to regularly wash their hands and sanitize their workstations to reduce health risks.
5. Promote a healthy lifestyle by having a health challenge within the workplace. Regular exercise combined with sleep and healthy food choices are key to battle any illness.