3 ways companies can safely reopen their offices during the pandemic, according to an epidemiologist (by syramadad)
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Luis Alvarez/Getty ImagesDr. Syra Madad is an infectious diseases epidemiologist and the senior director of NYC Health + Hospitals System-wide Special Pathogens Program.As businesses around the US enter various phases of reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Madad says it's critical that employers create a flexible operating plan to adapt to evolving restrictions and keep employees and customers safe.
Madad also advises that business stay up to date on their local regulations, and be prepared to adjust operating plans accordingly.At an individual levels, safety measures should include screening and health checks of employees and a mask-wearing policy. At an operational level, businesses should standardize cleaning and disinfecting routines and reduce the number of customers inside at one time.
Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.The COVID-19 pandemic is not only taking a toll on humans, it's also taking a toll on businesses — from Fortune 500 companies, to the trillion-dollar airline industry, to local mom and pop stores down the street. We're all trying to create a new and safe normal. headtopics.com
Dr. Syra Madad.Demetrius FreemanFor businesses, it's difficult to shutter doors or pause services as this can result in loss of revenue and business activity. Not all of us had pandemic playbooks laying around or continuity of operations plans to help guide us on next steps, how to weather the viral storm, and continue business operations during a pandemic.
The cornerstone for all businesses is to protect the health and safety of your employees, customers, and the community. As you resume business operations, it's critical to take local context such as level of disease transmission in the community, public health guidance, and the ability of your business to implement regulations and create a safe environment. Here are three tips to keep in mind as the COVID-19 pandemic continues:
1. Be prepared for unpredictability and potential disruptionIf there's one thing we can count on in this pandemic it's uncertainty. For businesses, this translates into limited or restricted resumption of business activities. or full on closed, not open for business. Whichever phase your business may fall under, whether it can fully reopen, reopen with restrictions, or must stay closed, it's best to prepare for all three.
If you don't already have a continuity of operations plan, now is the time to begin planning for you would operationalize shifting from one phase to another. Perhaps it's shifting the entire business online, or prioritizing aspects of the business that are most beneficial and can continue in a limited capacity in-person. headtopics.com
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