Unfortunately, pandemics such as the current COVID-19 crisis have more than just biological effects. When we’re faced with ongoing restrictions, future uncertainties and public health conditions that are rapidly changing, businesses and the economy are impacted as well.
Because this pandemic is still evolving, businesses must be vigilant and adapt to survive the conditions set by the virus. There are several practices for safety, communication and management that can help small businesses across all industries and locations.
COVID-19 Best Practices
While always gaining insight from legitimate sources such as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) to guide all decisions, small businesses should focus on three key strategies to reintegrate or modify their operations.
1. Protect Your Employees and Customers
If your business is open, the safety of your employees and customers needs to always remain at the forefront. Be sure to post reminders in the workplace as well as internal communications regarding basic safety practices such as:
- Disinfecting frequently touched/used areas
- Social distancing
- Covering coughs and sneezes
- Wearing face masks
- Self-isolating if sick or exposed to others who have been sick
To minimize the risk of exposure, consider disabling policies that worked in the past, such as needing a doctor’s note to validate illness. It can be difficult to receive results rapidly this way, and the longer an employee is around others in the workplace, the greater the chances are that they’ll infect others.
2. Consider Alternative Ways to Continue Operations
While the pandemic is ongoing, make sure you have a reliable communication process with your employees, and consider alternative methods of working. For example, if possible, consider remote work or staggering shifts.
With all operational changes, be sure to keep your employees involved so that each individual understands any new human resource policies as well as leave flexibility. Have a good business strategy and action plan in place for possible scenarios. Doing so can also involve cross-training employees and having backups ready in case your business is faced with high levels of absenteeism.
3. Mitigate Organizational Risks and Prevent Legal Issues
At any moment, your business may need to alter practices to mitigate any safety or organizational risks. Throughout this pandemic, however, small businesses must ensure that decisions are objective and not based on rumors or any employee’s race or country of origin.
Remember: Regulations regarding employee confidentiality are still in place. That’s why it’s a good idea to involve legal counsel to prevent compliance issues when you’re navigating these unprecedented times.
Contact Soundproof Cow With Any Questions
As a fellow locally owned business, we understand the uncertainties your business is facing amidst COVID-19. We offer our support as you reintegrate and modify your operations. If we can help that process run more smoothly and create a more pleasant environment for you by providing our sound solutions for your home or workplace, please let us know.
If you have any questions, reach out to us online or leave a message at 1-866-949-9269, and our team will respond as soon as possible.