Flu has long disrupted the workplace, and with the additional threat of Covid-19, employers are now seeking ways to maintain employee safety and productivity at work given the circumstances. Workplaces are turning to technology as a solution to this challenge, as it helps enable inclusive and effective communications without the need to be in one place. Here are some ways employers can use technology during this time of the year.
Allowing work from home
A 2019 report says that 9 out of 10 employees come to work sick—and thus are more likely to spread the virus to the entire office. Employers should advise their employees to take a day off or work remotely if they show any signs of illness. Here, task management and collaboration tools are a crucial solution, enabling team members to work closely together even while out of the office. At the same time, they can also be used to transparently redelegate tasks from those who are off sick. In turn, employers are able to ensure the wellbeing of their employees while effectively shifting projects and workloads accordingly.
Helping conduct remote meetings
Many companies are discouraging business trips in light of the virus outbreak, preventing staff from travelling internationally for both internal and external meetings. Instead, digital employee platforms are proving crucial for conducting online meetings instead through effective video call features with teams or clients. Similarly, digital workflows and tasks can be digitally assigned to employees through an effective platform, complete with briefings, due dates and priority statuses that can remove the need for an in-person meeting discussion.
Keeping employees informed
In events like an outbreak, where unverified information can spread quickly, companies should provide up-to-date reports and reminders to keep employees abreast of what’s happening concerning the global virus outbreak. Sending out company-wide announcements or updates instantaneously using employee platforms with broadcast features means everyone is equally informed with the official health bulletins and news, in turn preventing confusion in the workplace.
Ensuring updated policies and procedures
Now is a crucial time for companies to review their workplace hygiene and safety policies and procedures. These procedures must include clear guidelines on how to handle situations should an employee have had contact with a sick co-worker or customer, as well as how individuals should conduct themselves if they are believed to be infected by the virus. Using a centralized, mobile-first repository for all these documents can help employees access them all in one place anywhere they are and ensure their wellbeing.
For more information and updates on the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (Covid-19), visit CDC Website here.