By Mary Kate McGrath - August 11, 2020
In March, the COVID-19 pandemic forced employers across the United States to rethink workplace protocol and invest in safety strategies to prevent the spread of the disease. Many businesses transitioned to a remote workforce, requiring employees to be outfitted with remote technology and communication capability. Other industries requiring an in-person workforce took active steps to promote social distancing on the job and have required employees to practice appropriate hygiene measures, such as frequent hand-washing and mask-wearing.
Now, with some areas of the country facing a surge in cases and others opting for a tentative reopening, employers will have to remain nimble and make key decisions about the best path forward. The constantly changing risk-environment amid COVID-19 requires a clear communications plan, and technology can play a major role in managing employee health and safety, regardless of whether employees are working on-site, remote, or traveling.
Navigating the new workplace landscape after coronavirus requires proactive changes on behalf of employers - de-densification of corporate space, moratoriums on staff meetings or social events, increased sanitation efforts, compulsory PPE, and regular temperature checks are likely to become the new normal. Businesses will need to maintain frequent, clear communications regarding these health and safety efforts, whether workers are in the office, performing duties on the factory floor, traveling for work, or continuing to work remote.
Business managers should be operating with an abundance of caution, making preventative changes to workplace settings, and maintaining clear communications. The COVID-19 pandemic is unlikely to wane in the coming months, and workplaces should have a reliable, sustainable emergency communication plan in place. Employers can’t afford to get lost in the landscape of post-coronavirus communication or engagement, and by investing in the right solution can implement a variety of strategies, including targeted alerts, routine wellness checks, and instant access to updated safety policies.
COVID-19 has changed the nature of work for the foreseeable future. While each industry and business will have unique communication needs, a coronavirus response solution can help employers reach and engage with workers across departments. Given the ever-shifting nature of the pandemic - which may require frequent updates to safety protocol or daily operational changes - a communications strategy has never been more important. Our "Navigating the New Workplace Landscape” infographic helps break down the essential communication strategies you can use to reach employees and keep them safe, regardless of their job responsibilities.
Organizations can continue to leverage a coronavirus response solution to maximize employee safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic with a corporate coronavirus response solution. By leveraging a comprehensive mass notification system and integrated employee safety app, employers can communicate and collect critical information across an organization.
Both of these tools can be leveraged to implement proactive communication measures outlined in the above infographic, improving your response posture and mitigating ongoing coronavirus risks for all workers. Discover which capabilities of a coronavirus response solution can help you to address the communications needs of your employees.
Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.
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