Here are a few steps that I have listed down to help you manage/stop the spread of the novel coronavirus at your workplace.
- Make sure all employees are educated about the ongoing novel coronavirus and its effects.
- HR departments should pull together information pertaining to the coronavirus to create a ready-to-refer instructional guide for employees that not only educates them about the viral infection, but also enlists ways to avoid it.
Have measures to maintain hygiene
- As hand washing is one of the most effective defences,
employers need to make sure that employees have ready access to washing facilities and the soaps are refilled at regular intervals.
- Make sure employees have access to hygiene amenities such as sanitisers, tissues, etc.
- Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.
- Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs. Use the cleaning agents that are usually used in these areas and follow the directions on the label.
Encourage work from home
- Dedicated staff often resist taking sick days, instead dragging themselves into work where they may infect others. Given the threat this epidemic presents, managers shouldn't hesitate to send employees present with Covid-19 symptoms home.
- Employees can also use time tracking tools to keep track of their work from home while managers can track daily routines of their reportees from their respective homes as well.
If employee has to come to office make sure to have a contactless attendance system
Promote appropriate equipment like masks, sanitisers, tissues, etc. even outside the workplace
- To Make sure your employees are taking adequate measures to avoid catching the virus.
Employers should encourage all employees to wear masks and maintain proper hygiene during their travel and at their homes.
Most importantly, make sure you check up on your employees if they are unwell.
Make them feel comfortable and let them know you are there for them.