With many businesses reopening and allowing people to return to the office, it's important for employers to follow safety guidelines and make sure their employees feel comfortable. We're sharing some OSHA return-to-work guidelines, the steps employers are taking to keep their teams safe, and how to mentally prepare for being back in the office.
- Companies identifying workplace safety as a top priority rose to 39% in June from 27% in April;
- Top measures for protecting employees are: reconfiguring work areas to maintain six feet of distance (56%), providing employees with PPE such as masks (76%) and staggering shift changes and breaks (57%);
- Of the employers taking such measures, 73% will require masks in public locations, with 24% requiring masks at all times.
- 18% of employers plan to test employees for acute infection before they return to work.
- Overall, 67% of companies have a process for dealing with a workplace exposure.
- Employers are giving special consideration to at-risk employees, with 44% accommodating at-risk employees by creating more flexibility, and nearly 50% planning or considering such actions. Thirty percent of the employers who are accommodating at-risk employees are reassigning them to new roles that accommodate remote work or physical distancing.
- 60% of workers telecommuted, compared to 11% a year ago.