- There are currently multiple vaccines for COVID-19, but uptake around the world varies. Balancing the protection of employees in a workplace with employees’ privacy and rights poses an issue.
- Organizations need to put protocols in place to ensure the health and safety of anyone accessing the workplace and to prevent outbreaks. Protocols require organizations to assess and modify current operations and workplace layouts.
- Organizations operating in different regions may have different federal and local public health restrictions and COVID-19 guidelines and be in different stages of the pandemic.
- This disruption may be greater or lesser across work units within an organization, requiring different work units to operate in different ways or at different times.
Workplace changes spurred by the realities of COVID-19 have been so seismic it is highly unlikely things will go back to the way they were before.
Impact and Result
- Review key factors and determine how to bring employees back to the workplace, prioritizing first by work units and then by employee segments.
- Maintain awareness of public health requirements and legislation when designing return-to-the-workplace protocols, including actions to address employee-specific challenges.
- Finally, create a plan with key triggers and be prepared to iterate.