Employers & Brokers, Workforce Health | By | 07/17/20 | 3 Minute Read

Returning to Work After COVID-19: How to Make Employees Feel Safe

Employers all around the world are contemplating the complexities of what it means for the workforce to return to the workplace. Organizations are tasked with deciding whether to quickly bring employees back to the workplace, bring them back gradually in a phased approach, or maybe move to a permanent work-from-home option for some or all employees.

Regardless of what your organization decides is best, you will need to provide reassurance to your employees that their health and safety is a No. 1 priority. Now is the perfect time to gather ideas and have initiatives ready that may help ease their transition.  

Your Job: Providing Reassurance

You can do several things that may help your employees feel safe as they return to work. Based on recent PwC COVID-19 US Employee Pulse Survey, some of the preferred measures that employees would like from their employers include:

  • Notify other employees when a colleague has tested positive for COVID-19
  • Have a shut-down protocol in place, in case of positive test results
  • Provide strict workplace cleanliness and disinfecting procedures
  • Restrict the number of employees allowed in the workplace, to promote physical distancing
  • Enforce work-from-home measures for any sick employees
  • Conduct regular employee screening via questionnaires and/or temperature checks.

To help with employee screening, you may want to consider Fitbit Care Ready for Work. This is a new workplace solution from Fitbit Health Solutions that can help empower your employees to make informed health decisions about returning to the workplace. With Ready for Work, employees can do a simple daily check-in to log their exposure, symptom, and temperature, which is combined with key health metrics from their Fitbit devices.

This combination can provide employees with a more complete view of their daily health. Research shows that key health metrics from wearables such as Fitbit devices have the potential to identify flu-like illness before symptoms start. 

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