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COVID-19: Workplace Re-Entry Checklist ☘ Hoey Team ☘ eXp Realty
Dated: May 18 2020
Businesses should devise a multi-faceted and phased approach to the workforce’s re-entry to the workplace, which takes into account guidance, regulations, and orders issued by federal, state and local governments and agencies, including the World Health Organization (WHO), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(link is external) (CDC), the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and The White House.
Consider establishing a cross-functional COVID-19 Task Force, with representatives from across the organization, including human resources, legal, and facility operations, to prepare and monitor the re-entry of the workforce, as well as the evolving circumstances surrounding COVID-19. This checklist provides an overview of some of the key considerations the COVID-19 Task Force should consider when developing the organization’s plan for the workforce’s re-entry to the workplace.
This is general guidance only. Be sure to consult legal counsel, public health information, and all applicable executive orders, as required policies and practices may vary based on state and local laws.
Prepare the Physical Workspace
- Establish cleaning protocols that adhere to CDC guidance.
- Post building cleaning protocols throughout the workplace.
- Post CDC recommended personal hygiene protocols reminders.
- Identify and consider hands-free alternatives to high-touch areas, such as revolving doors, knobs, light switches and plumbing fixtures.
- Conduct maintenance and updates to HVAC and building facilities by, for example, increasing ventilation and installing high-efficiency air filters.
- Modify workspaces to promote social distancing by, for example, creating smaller offices to allow for additional offices or installing higher walls between cubicles or other physical barriers between workspaces, such as clear plastic sneeze guards.
- Close or limit access to common areas, such as gyms, kitchens and cafeterias, or reconfigure to promote social distancing.
- Provide and maintain supply of personal protective equipment (PPE), sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes for employees and building guests.
- Restrict the total number of permitted building occupants in order to allow for social distancing.
- Place decals and space demarcations in common areas, such as the lobby, to note social distancing requirements and traffic flow patterns.
- Reconfigure meeting rooms to promote social distancing.
- Control all points of entry for staff, guests, and vendors.
- Remove and discourage the use of shared tools, such as remote controls and conference room phones.
- Establish and communicate building rules with employees and building guests.
Employer Preparedness and Policies
- Explore feasibility of workplace policies and practices that promote social distancing, such as encouraging continued telecommuting and staggered shifts.
- Consider whether school and daycare facilities are open.
- Consider availability of reliable and safe public transportation.
- Consider beginning reentry with employees whose positions are best performed in the workplace.
- Create a staff travel policy, and consider restricting all non-essential travel.
- Require employees to stay home if they are sick, and ask any employee who stays home sick if they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
- Ensure the privacy of each employee who makes a COVID-19 report within the workplace.
- Consider whether to conduct daily contactless temperature checks on employees and building guests before permitting entry to the building, and whether to hire a trained medical professional to conduct the checks.
- Establish and communicate protocol for employees to report if they have been diagnosed with COVID19, are experiencing COVID-19 symptoms, or have been exposed to COVID-19.
- Establish employer responsiveness plan to address reports of COVID-19 within the workplace, while keeping the identity of the individual confidential, to include sending the employee home immediately, cleaning and disinfecting the workplace, and informing others who have been in contact with the employee of potential exposure
- Update and communicate changes to personnel policies based on COVID-19 related laws, such as Families First Coronavirus Responsiveness Act, and post all required employee notices in conspicuous places and on the employee intranet.
- Consider whether to require employees and guests to complete a health certification prior to re-entry to the workplace affirming that they have not been experiencing COVID-19 symptoms within the past 14 days, and if previously tested positive, that their symptoms have resolved and have tested negative in accordance medical guidelines.
- Limit in-person meetings, including the permitted size of in-person meetings.
- Limit building guest access, and restrict outside meetings and events in the building.
- Establish a policy regarding employee participation in meetings and events outside the building.
- Continuously monitor for local outbreaks, and develop a plan in the event of an outbreak.
- Prepare to manage leaves of absences under federal, state and local laws.
- Review lease agreement, and coordinate with property manager regarding their plan for maintenance and upgrades to building infrastructure and protocols in response to COVID-19.
Staff Preparedness and Training
- Train employees on proper sanitation and prevention techniques, including proper use of PPE and when and where PPE is required.
- Clearly set employee expectations in advance of their return to the office, with a strong emphasis on employee value, safety, and security.
- Train employees on how to safely get to and from the office.
- Encourage contactless interactions through the increased use of technology in order to reduce staff contact and exposure, and provide additional training on such resources.
- Articulate employer’s commitment to employee privacy.
- Consider staggering employee shifts and breaks
Special Employee Considerations
- Provide reasonable accommodations to employees with ADA-qualifying disabilities.
- Employees with pre-existing mental conditions that have been exacerbated by COVID-19 may be entitled to reasonable accommodations; be sure to engage in an interactive process with the employee for any accommodation requests.
- Do not ask employees whether they have an underlying medical condition that makes them more vulnerable to COVID-19.
- Employees who contract COVID-19 in the workplace may file a workers’ compensation claim.
- Provide accommodations and greater flexibility for those individuals who may be at a higher risk of severe illness from COVID-19; but do not compel, such persons to stay home.
- Provide flexibility to employees with child or elder care obligations
Foster a Communicative Culture
- Communicate all details, and solicit staff input, throughout each phase of the re-entry strategy.
- Engage and ensure leadership alignment with all phases of the reentry to the workplace strategy.
- Schedule virtual meetings for staff to communicate guidance, policies, and to solicit questions and
- Establish mechanisms for ongoing two-way communication with staff.
- Communicate new protocols and standards though all available channels, including signage, virtual
- meetings, recorded messages, and employee intranet.
- Promptly share all relevant updates from federal, state and local governments and agencies to
- demonstrate fluidity, and to establish employer as a trusted source of information.
Regarding Realestate sales in Southwest Florida ~ We continue to list and sell real estate. At our Team ☘ and Brokerage, we have been succesfully working 100% virtually / remotely for the past number of years as we grew, so we have been used to this new requirement, and we just had our eXp shareholders summit, virtually, using VirBELA, which powers eXp World; our virtual campus.
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Hope Everyone Remains Safe; we are all in this together; and we trust that we will get through this Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic more united, as one, with as little loss as possible.
Please let Kim or Barry know if we can do anything to help anyone in need here in Southwest Florida, weither it is for you or for a loved one, and we are able to help in a responsible social distncing way, we will certainly do what we can to help.
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