As state, local and municipal governments take steps to reopen businesses across Illinois, employers must take a fresh look at their physical workspace, their workplace practices, and their communication and training of employees in order to prohibit the spread of the coronavirus and to protect employees and clients to keep them safe.
Below is a downloadable checklist for employers to consider when planning to reopen, or for those businesses who have remained open under an “essential” classification. This checklist serves to provide ideas, resources and reminders on how to improve the level of safety and protection in your workplace.
As you can see, some of the tasks in the checklist are regulatory and technical, while some are inspirational, including leading by example while in your workplace. While returning to work during a global health pandemic is frightening and uncertain, your commitment to safety, communication and compassion will ensure your workplace and your workers remain productive, healthy and well.
Claudia St. John, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is president of Affinity HR Group.