Many businesses have been shuttered or have reduced their operations to an on-site skeleton crew supporting droves of teleworkers. At some point, most will reopen and bring their employees back into the workplace. Though the process will vary from industry to industry, every single employer will need a return-to-work plan that accounts for myriad logistical, personnel, legal, and safety issues associated with the post-pandemic return to normal. As you will no doubt appreciate, such a plan cannot be thrown together the day before the resumption of normal operations. Careful planning is necessary to make certain your company resumes operations safely, efficiently, and effectively.
This article is the first in a series of pieces that will address the components of an effective return-to-work process. This initial installment outlines many of the logistical considerations facing companies and best practices for dealing with those logistical matters.
1. Establish a Team with a Team Leader
2. Determine What You Have and What You Need
3. Existing Required Personal Protective Equipment
4. Disinfect the Workplace
5. Inbound Parts/Materials/Packages/Supplies
6. Company and Third-party Transportation Issues
7. Develop, Implement and Train on Isolation Protocol & Coordinator Training
8. Social Distancing Protocol
9. Consider On-Site Health Screening
10. Consider Implementing a Daily Self-Screening Protocol
11. Visitors, Vendors, and Contractors Self-Screening
12. Employee Education