On Tuesday, I virtually addressed a group of CEOs on effective leadership during the pandemic. As expected, the conversation turned to reopening. A few states are taking steps towards a return to work, and one of the most challenging decisions for CEOs, Executive Directors, and Agency Chiefs will be when and how to reopen their businesses. Members of the board, management, and staff may all feel very differently about the answer, so we have created an ongoing blog series on the topic.
Readers, what do you want your senior leaders to know? What are your greatest concerns about reopening your workplace and most importantly, what solutions do you have to offer?
We will develop a list of considerations and possible solutions for the following topics, and others that may come up, and share them over the coming few weeks.
Perception — considering how others, inside and outside of your organization, will feel about opening in light of their concerns about COVID-19.
Employee Health — monitoring the health of individuals coming into your organization and planning for the possibility of how to handle an illness if it arises.
Employee Mental Health — supporting employees’ emotional needs and creating camaraderie when some must continue to work from home while others are sharing the bond of returning to work.
Facilities — making necessary adjustments to work environments so employees, clients, customers, vendors, and others in a shared facility all feel safe.
Interpersonal Contact — maintaining social distancing recommendations within the organization, as well as during interactions with visitors.
Caregiving — accommodating employees if their previous child care arrangements are no longer available, or if they are the caregiver of a vulnerable person.
Transportation — addressing the inherent risks of using public transportation, as well as possible new concerns associated with purchasing fuel and navigating parking options.
Communication — articulating often and well your organization’s plans, expectations, and benchmarks.
Personal Protective Equipment — deciding what to provide in terms of masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, etc.
Policies — revising company policies and procedure manuals to include updated standards and best practices resulting from enhanced knowledge of infectious diseases.
What categories are missing? What solutions do you have? Please let us know.