As we enter into what we hope to be our final month under a stay-at-home order, we now know there is light at the end of the tunnel. In the not-too-distant future, the pandemic will end and our cities will return to something approximating normal. Across the Gulf Coast, business owners and managers are preparing for their workforce to leave their homes and return to the office. How we will go from widespread quarantine to some semblance of normalcy is still a giant unknown. Employers’ back-to-work plans will depend on many factors, including geography, industry, and a myriad of other circumstances. What we do over the next 12 to 18 months can ensure that our city and metro economies get up and running again while protecting themselves against similar scenarios in the future. This is a time when we as business leaders can and must show the way forward.
State and local governments are also beginning to create their own frameworks to gradually lift stay-at-home orders, with important differences in each locality. In turn, employers should take steps now to prepare for reopening their physical workplaces and returning employees to work in offices and other facilities when it is appropriate to do so.
Before reopening any physical workplace, employers will be reducing workplace risks for employees and other individuals who may be exposed to COVID-19 as a result of the onsite operations of a business. Employers should only rely on guidance from the CDC, OSHA, state and local authorities, and orders and rules regarding best practices for workplace safety. As we have been evaluating these, we decided to create an infographic to help you navigate through these murky waters which can be accessed here.
As your technology partner, we will be communicating with you to understand what guidelines that your business may consider special accommodations for any individual visiting your operations during the pandemic. The coronavirus has had unprecedented impacts on the world — and our ability to help your business plan for the future is crucial. Doing so will help the world as a whole recover — and, we hope, become more resilient in the process.