In these unpredictable times, after the complete shutdown and confining ourselves to our homes, businesses resumed their work. Depending on the nature of work, the rules were laid by the government like the percentage of employees allowed to be present in the offices in a day and much more. Following the same, the companies started calling a part of their workforce to the offices. But, we all know that it is not really safe still to go outside of our homes or have a social gathering.
So, in this blog, we thought of sharing with you the ways in which you can ensure the safety of your employees. The best way that comes to our minds in the current scenario is testing. Some of you may say that this is not something great to rely on as the person can have the virus but it gets detected or starts showing symptoms after fourteen days mostly. To this and other questions clouding your head pertaining to this, the answer is below!
As below, we share some of the scenarios in which employees should immediately be checked. Taking some special precautions can add a lot to your safety. Let’s begin!
Employees showing slightest of symptoms
In case of mild fever during temperature check, send such employees to a healthcare facility and isolate immediately. If in case, he has come in contact with anyone else, the person should also be sent home and be self-quarantined till the time results are out.
Make sure you have made the changes in the health insurance and benefits program in the HRIS software so that the employees can get some help if they are tested positive later, unfortunately.
Employees checked in masses at regular intervals
This is appropriate for places that have a high transmission rate. But, before testing asymptomatic workers, make sure you have a plan in place to modify operations as per the test results. Besides, you should also ensure if the test results are not favourable, you should stop the work immediately. This will prevent the virus from getting transferred to other healthy employees. Try to not mark them absent for those days in your HRIS software and pay them for those days too. If possible, let them work from their homes.
Testing to find hotspots at work
This surveillance program is a public health function and as an employer, you should only take it if you feel it has a decent likelihood of benefitting the employees. This is especially true in the case of the manufacturing industry.
Testing employees exposed to the virus
Many people are exposed to the virus through their family so make sure they are quarantined. Get them tested and wait till the test results are out. The test, however, will show results only after a few days as the virus may not be detected immediately, So, make sure you quarantine them first.
Testing the earlier infected employees before they rejoin
If an employee was COVID positive earlier and has recovered now and is rejoining work soon. You should get them tested just to be absolutely sure. Otherwise, even a little bit of carelessness can prove to be lethal, and seeing the virus spread in your office is the last thing that you would want to see right now. Remember, even after recovery, the test can find traces of the virus in the person. Look for the symptoms, even if the employees show slightest of symptoms, like illness, sore throat, or difficulty in breathing, stay alert.
All these steps will not only keep your employees safe but also keep the business running smoothly. These are also great to know who should be called to work and who should not be called. In fact, try to allow departments that can function from home well, working from home and call employees who have their own vehicles. And make sure you use HRIS software to pay them all timely.