The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) quoted Labor & Employment partner Mark Terman in an article exploring considerations for employers preparing to welcome their workforce back onsite in the coming months.
In the article, “Revise Policies to Facilitate Return to Work,” SHRM reports that, before employees start returning, employers need to define the new normal by creating or revising policies to address a range of critical workplace issues, including employee relations and benefits.
Social distancing, SHRM says, may now be a company mandate, rather than a suggestion. Meeting rooms may have capacity limits, and the checking of employees' temperatures when they arrive each day may be required.
"Employers who communicate with their workforce and act in ways that demonstrate genuine concern for employee health and safety will probably see reduced risk of worker illness or further outbreak and increased productivity as the workplace phases back to required output," Terman said.