5 Steps to Return to Work Safely

October 15, 2020

Returning to the worksite can be an important step toward finding the new way forward. At ProtectWell™, we think about standards for returning to work all day, every day.

These five steps frame the current return-to-work practices based on some of our own experiences and those we’ve worked with to establish their return to worksite protocols:

Step 1: Take Stock—Is Your Business Ready to Return?

Assessing business-readiness means looking hard at your re-opening approach and timing. What changes to employee practices are needed? How can your approach minimize the impact on your business as people return to work? Investing in research to answer these questions could pay big dividends down the road.

Establishing a core team to move toward return-to-work is a strong beginning point. These are the people who understand what is at stake for employees and customers, and they will become trusted resources as others return.

Step 2: Make a Plan

Your re-opening plan will include strategies focused on health and safety as the top priority and also help mitigate risk—because your employees are essential, valued players. A consistent approach and a “one-company” mindset will help reinforce safety and reduce risk.

Your plan will include timelines and specifics that are agile enough to meet the changing conditions. Your plan also needs to be responsive to local government directives.

Step 3: Share the plan with key stakeholders

Your dynamic and flexible plan must be seen and heard by others—especially your core team. The best plans allow room for strategic feedback so that they can turn into realities more quickly.

Carefully training the core team is a way of preparing the entire staff for the details of carrying out the plan. Through training, policies and protocols work themselves out in real-time.

Step 4: Open things up—but safely

This will start with “Welcome!” Your plans for employee safety and well-being and mitigating risk will be precisely what people want to see. Including ProtectWell measures such as daily symptom screening, physical distancing practices and hygiene supplies are just a few ways to welcome employees back with confidence.

Keep asking for opinions and feedback about what is working and what needs help. Naturally, you’ll be keen to monitor worksite status and usage trends.

Step 5: Reinvent your business

Re-opening is an opportunity to reinvigorate your business and your brand. Creating a positive experience for employees and a safe space for all can help move your mission forward.

There is hope for return—we’re planning on it.