Despite months of battling the coronavirus, it has only grown worse. It’s already spread around the world, and several countries are still dealing with it. Apart from a massive health crisis, it also leads to economic crisis. Businesses were forced to close since there’s a need to avoid mass gathering in closed spaces. Some offices have hundreds of workers gathering in the same building. Hence, the virus could spread more easily.
To protect your employees, you try to
safety guidelines. You can alternate the days for certain employees to go
to the office. You can also have a mask mandate to anyone entering the
building. Hand washing stations should be available throughout the
establishment. These safety measures could reduce the possibility of someone
However, despite your safety
protocols, someone could still end up getting infected. If you knew that one or
more employees have tested positive for the virus, these are the things you
need to do.
Request everyone not to go to the
Call all your employees and let them
know about the situation. Be honest that someone tested positive, and anyone
who came in close contact could be infected. Even if they haven’t, but they
were in the building, they should quarantine for 14 days. Request them to get
tested too. The measure might be overzealous, but it’s the right thing to do.
You also have to think about the family members of your employees who could get
exposed if they failed to act immediately.
Request for deep cleaning
Ask someone to provide deep cleaning
services on the office. You have to wait for 24 hours after knowing someone
got tested before requesting for this service. It guarantees that viruses on
the surfaces touched have already died. Make sure you choose a professional
cleaning company that has the right protective equipment for the
Guarantee the employees that they
won’t have a pay cut
It’s difficult to ask your employees
from home or not work at all if they know it will affect their salary. They
would rather take the risk and go to work so they’ll get paid than stay home to
quarantine. Giving them an assurance of a complete salary helps in this regard.
You should also inform everyone about the insurance coverage they might have as
a benefit of being an employee of your company. They will feel more confident
to go to the hospital if they know they don’t have to foot the bills.
It’s a test
Asking your employees to stay home
and quarantine for several days could paralyze the business. Given the severe
impact this pandemic had on your company for the last months, you don’t want to
further pause your operations. However, if it’s necessary, you have no choice.
It’s a test of your strength as a business owner. Hopefully, you can recover
and avoid a potential closure.
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