There’s virtually no industry or business sector in America that hasn’t been invaded by either the coronavirus pandemic or its staggering impacts. Businesses across the nation are on red alert, waiting for the next lockdown and attempting to navigate multiple new and pressing issues, including but not limited to the health and safety of their employees.

Here’s how you can keep your employees safer from the pandemic.

Enforce a Strict Mask Policy

If you haven’t already done so, ensure that your company implements and begins enforcing a strict mask-wearing policy. Require employees to wear an appropriate facial covering at all times in the building and establish consequences for employees who disregard the policy.

Educate your employees on how to wear masks properly over both their nose and mouth and treat staff members who don’t the same as non-mask wearers. Consider providing disposable medical masks to employees who may not have one or who may have forgotten to bring theirs one day.   

Conduct Daily Employee Health Screenings

To further provide your entire workplace with peace of mind, conduct daily employee health screenings prior to each worker’s shift. Staff members that don’t pass the screening may be prohibited from entering the building until they receive a negative coronavirus test.

Employee health screenings may include temperature checks and questions about recent large group exposure, recent travel, and any indications of coronavirus symptoms. 

Follow All Federal Coronavirus Regulations

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have published a number of regulations concerning the pandemic and its spread throughout communities via business activity.

Make sure your company is abiding by any and all federal coronavirus regulations that may apply to your industry and/or your company. Failure to do so could not only promote the spread of COVID-19 in your community but could also result in a hefty fine or even the closure of your business. 

Amp Up Your Health Insurance Benefits

During these uncertain times, the last thing your employees want to worry about is a big hospital bill if they contract COVID-19. If possible, offer your employees more comprehensive health insurance coverage and pick up some of the tab.

Make sure your health insurance policy options are extremely attractive, especially if you want to hire top talent during a pandemic. You can be confident that good, low-cost health insurance is number one for many people looking to change jobs.   

Offer Access to Coronavirus Testing

If possible, offer your employees easy access to coronavirus testing. This is easier for medical facilities, but other establishments may be able to partner with local hospitals or testing sites to offer low or no cost testing to employees. Encourage employees to get tested if they feel unwell or have been exposed to coronavirus risk factors.

Increase Employee Paid Sick Time  

One of the most contentious issues between employers and employees today is sick leave. To protect public health, employees must be able to stay home when they have been exposed to the coronavirus, are taking care of a family member with COVID-19, or if they feel unwell and are waiting for test results.

To do otherwise is to risk the spread of the virus within your workplace, potentially infecting more staff members and even your customers. It’s critical to ensure that your employees feel safe requesting time off work for COVID-related needs, even if they aren’t actively displaying symptoms of illness.

It’s also important that sick time be paid so potentially infected employees don’t feel pressured to come to work anyways because they wouldn’t be able to pay their bills if they didn’t.

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