3 indicators of a happy, healthy workplace during COVID-19
Employers across Washington know that supplying plenty of PPE and hand sanitizer is essential for a safe work environment, and employee health and safety during the times of COVID-19 requires an even more comprehensive approach. Emotional security, mental health and increased communication need to be considered for the greater wellbeing of your team.
Here’s what to look out for in your workplace.
1. Employees can communicate the ‘whys’
If policies are changing, employers should give thorough explanations. For example, if you require masks, routinely remind and thank employees for protecting each other, your families and the community. Medical experts agree that when it comes to changing health habits, employees are more likely to comply if they know and appreciate the ‘why’ behind the changes.
2. Employees are sharing new solutions or suggestions
We are all continuing to learn about best practices for preventing COVID-19 in the workplace. Employees at all levels should be encouraged to share their ideas to improve the environment and get better. Happy, engaged employees want to invest their ideas into your business.
3. Employees are taking sick days
As cold and flu season approaches, there is bound to be some sickness going around. If more employees are taking more sick days than last year, it may actually be a good sign. In a caring, happy environment, employees are extra careful and considerate to their co-workers. Being around someone who is coughing and sneezing all day can be stressful, even if they have been tested for COVID. This is also true for virtual employees. If they take a sick day to rest and feel better, they are likely to be more productive upon return than if they worked through several days of a cold.
How employers can go the extra mile for their team
Share resources for illnesses and injuries
Whether an incident happened at work or at home, employees should feel empowered to get the health care they need, when they need it.
- MultiCare Centers of Occupational Medicine has clinics across the state and our team of experts is well-versed in workforce care. Virtual care visits are available, too!
- Indigo Urgent Care clinics provide urgent care, x-ray and lab services (including COVID-19 testing) every day from 8am to 8pm, so they can be seen outside of typical work hours.
Encourage flu shots
- Flu shots are available at all MultiCare clinics and at most pharmacies across Washington. Help promote a healthy environment by allowing time for employees to get a flu shot. In some cases, Multicare can arrange to come on site and give flu shots. Call the contact number below if this is of interest to your team.
Here for you
MultiCare Centers of Occupational Medicine is happy to help guide you through this challenging time. Our providers and advisers have the knowledge and expertise you need to get back to work safely and effectively. For more information, contact us:
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