COVID-19 Return To Work Best Practices

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These are the best practices shared at our Q2 Ally Council Meeting.

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  • Attempt to social distance in shared office space by rotating with boss. 
  • Going to the office about 3 times a week... rotating with a colleague.
  • Laggard in returning to work.  Watch and learn from others' learnings.
  • Taking consistent approach in evaluating re-opening. Learning from Asian Pacific offices who went through closures and reopening.
  • Ask returning employees to commit to protocols (health check each day before coming to the office and new office protocols).
  • Ask people to assess whether they are high risk or low risk from a health perspective. 
  • Not returning high risk employees to the offices at this time. Risk is based on CDC guidelines.
  • Encouraging employees take vacation now.
  • Self-assessment questionnaire will be part of the protocol.
  • Implement mandatory long weekends from July through September where offices are closed every other Friday and employees will log vacation days to correspond. This is to prevent bottlenecks/coverage issues at the end of the year when everyone returns and has so much vacation stored up. It is also to ensure employees are indeed taking time away from work for their well being.
  • Doing a dress rehearsal to test out plans for re-entry including altered schedules due to temperature scanning protocols and limited elevator capacity. 
  • Completed a dry run return to work exercise in Houston with @ 14 employees Tuesday this week.
  • Prepared a mandatory viewing video of the new office remobilization rules and expectations.
  • No more than 2 people in an elevator.
  • Adopted those best practices shared.
  • Face covering required in office and in any open areas. Ergonomic equipment considered  for when working from home.
  • Face covering required unless employees are in their office or cubicle.
  • For EAP - extend the number of session for individuals and families.
  • Include EAP links/reminders in all employee communications.  Running some EAP program spotlights regularly on Yammer.  

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