How to deal with employees who may have COVID-19

Are you concerned about the health and welfare of your employees during these turbulent times?

Fret not!                                                                                                           

This post will guide you on how to deal with employees at this critical juncture effectively                     

So let’s dive in.

 Minimizing transmission among employees

Always coordinate with your local health officials, so you get timely and accurate information about this dangerous disease. Be known that some employees, such as older adults and people with chronic conditions, are in a higher risk group if possible, ask them to work from home.

If a staff member show symptoms of fever, shortness of breath or cough upon arrival to the office, separate them from other employees, seek medical advice, and send them home.

If an employee is confirmed of COVID-19 infection, you can inform other employees but maintain confidentiality. Ask the others to self-monitor for symptoms and notify the concerned authorities.

For any medical support, please contact the following.

  • “Estijaba” service at the operation center – Department of Health at 8001717
  • Ministry of Health & Prevention at 80011111
  • Dubai Health Authority at 800342

Educating employees about ways to reduce the spread of COVID-19

Thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Likewise, use a hand sanitizer with at least 60 percent alcohol. Avoid touching your face, especially mouth, eyes, and nose with unwashed hands. Cover your mouth with a tissue or use the inside of your elbow to sneeze. Throw away used tissues in trash and wash your hands immediately.

Stay at home if you feel sick. Inform your supervisor if any of your family members are sick. Clean and disinfect often touched objects such as keyboards, workstations, doorknobs, telephones, and handrails. Avoid large gatherings and maintain social distancing by 2 meters when possible.

Maintaining healthy business operations

Ensure flexible sick leave policies and help employees to understand them. Create strategies that help employees to take care of ill family members or look after their kids due to school closures. Review human resource policies to make sure they are consistent with public health recommendations and existing federal workplace laws. Know more about pay policies 

Plan a schedule of how you’ll operate if absenteeism spikes. The following steps could help.

  • Cross-train employees to perform essential functions
  • Implement flexible work hours and worksites
  • Increase physical distancing between employees and customers
  • Postpone non-essential meetings or travel plans
  • Downsize your operations and deliver services remotely

Maintain a healthy work environment.

Keep the working places hygienic and clean. Regularly disinfect all surfaces such as keyboards, telephones, and other surfaces. Provide sanitizing hand dispensers at prominent locations such as office entrance, near the lift, and waiting rooms. And refill them regularly.

Improve ventilation rates. Likewise, increase the amount of outside air to circulate inside the building. Provide tissues and disposable containers. Keep posters that encourage hand hygiene at the entrance and other places where they are likely to be seen.

Avoid handshaking and nose to nose greeting instead wave or adopt other non-contact forms of greeting.

Ensuring the safety of employees who travel overseas

With so many countries shutting down their borders due to COVID-19 scare, its best to formulate long-distance travel plans

Have the latest information on areas where COVID is spreading.

With the latest information, assess the risks and benefits involved in sending employees for business travel. Avoid all non-essential travel.

Avoid sending employees who are at higher risk such as older employees and people suffering from heart and lung disease and diabetes to profoundly affected areas.

Have a qualified medical professional brief employees about traveling to high-risk areas. Provide small bottles of alcohol-based rub for employees who are going.

Encourage them to wash their hands frequently and to adhere to the restrictions of local authorities in their respective destinations.

Upon arrival, ask your staff to monitor their symptoms for 14 days and take their temperature twice a day. Even if they develop a mild cough or fever, ask them to quarantine themselves and call a health care provider.

We at Corporate Sports are concerned about your wellbeing, so keep safe and stay healthy.