Your organization’s sick leave policy is an important part of workplace safety protocols. Especially in today’s agile workplaces, which are designed to be flexible and collaborative, it can be easier to transmit illnesses. Learn how to integrate an employee health screening for COVID-19 and other illnesses in your workplace protocols to keep employees safe.
- Questionnaire basics – Employee health screenings for coronavirus are becoming more necessary as we contend with a pandemic that’s upended our way of working. There are countless ways to structure a screening questionnaire. At the end of the day, you want it to be clear and simple so you can be sure: are your employees healthy before they arrive at the workplace? Your questionnaire can also include reporting of symptoms. You can consult the CDC and OSHA for more information.
- Workplace policies – The federal government will require workplaces with 100 or more employees to ensure their employees are vaccinated. Those who are unvaccinated will be required to produce a negative test result weekly. Clearly communicate your workplace’s COVID-19 policies, as well as these federal requirements, so employees understand what’s expected of them—and what they can expect—when coming to work. Many organizations also provide paid sick leave and flexible working options so employees don’t feel obligated to come on-site when they’re not feeling well.
- A seamless process – It’s important to know the health and vaccination status of who’s in your office on any given day. This is especially true if your organization has a hybrid working model, where employees can come and go on different schedules. Consider making an employee health screening checklist a necessary part of signing into the workplace.
Employees should not come into the workplace when they’re sick. It’s a threat to people’s health and on-site experience. People should be able to come to the workplace without having to worry about getting sick. Using employee health screening will help keep your workplace safe and create a culture of health and safety.