Feeling anxious about returning to the office? You’re not alone.
According to recent research from The Wellbeing Lab and George Mason University’s Center for the Advancement of Wellbeing, nearly 80 percent of U.S. workers aren’t feeling fully positive about going back to the office amid the ongoing global pandemic. But it’s not just employees feeling unsure about returning to their workspaces, employers are also feeling hesitant to reopen offices without proper safety protocols in place.
When safety becomes a concern, it’s necessary to take proper precautions. To help bring people back to work safely, ForceBrands recommends Hayday, an easy solution for wellness screening in the workplace. Read on to discover some helpful ways Hayday can bring employees safely back to work.
By implementing wellness screenings
As workplaces reopen, business owners and managers are implementing new protocols and return to work rules to maintain both individual and corporate wellness. A cornerstone of this new normal, the health screening at work or “wellness check-in” consists of a simple group of questions focused on symptoms and possible exposure that acts as a work health assessment and helps determine whether an individual is healthy and ready to work. Being forced to answer clear-cut questions in a simple format leaves little room for misunderstanding, half-truths, or “I’m sure it was fine”-type responses.
Hayday is a plug-in software solution for employers to rely on. Borrowing language from the CDC, the health screening for work application reassures business owners that no employees are exposing their colleagues, clients, or you to COVID-19. By implementing health checks for employees, managers will limit business disruptions, mitigate company liability, promote workplace health, and build trust across employees and consumers. The whole idea of a health screening at work is so important, in fact, that many states and municipalities now require that businesses conduct check-ins with their employees before allowing them to come to work.
By offering comprehensive work health assessments
What makes Hayday even more appealing for employers is how easy it is to access an employee’s health record through detailed health assessments. Managers can choose to require check-ins ahead of time digitally by phone, tablet, or computer (via email or automatic text message notifications) or in person, on-site (via an iPad in the lobby, for example). The fully customizable survey asks such straightforward questions like “What is your current temperature?”; “Have you experienced any fever or chills since your last check-in?”; and “Have you had exposure to anyone with COVID-19 since your last check-in?” (The standard check-in questions provided by Hayday are based on CDC recommendations but can be customized for individual businesses, facilities, and teams.) Once answers are submitted and the employee is cleared for on-site work, the employee will receive a “boarding pass” that enables them to work for the day or the assigned shift. This pass can then be required for entry into the workplace.
By improving workplace morale
Returning to work during a global health crisis can be unsettling for employees and can affect team morale. By putting the onus on employees to honestly answer the questions in their health screening for work, wellness check-ins allow employers to bring teams back together with peace of mind that they’re protecting both their staff and business. They also allow HR teams to see any trends in possible outbreaks, mitigate company liability, and limit business disruptions. Visitors, clients, and customers who must physically come to the building will be relieved to know that such protocols are in place to protect them — and will be prompted to complete a health screening for work themselves. Employees, too, are grateful for the peace of mind that their health is a priority to the company, and that by coming to work they aren’t exposing themselves and thereby their families.
Learn more about Hayday here and how you can head back to work more safely.