3 Return to Work
Many U.S. business operations stalled out when the coronavirus pandemic struck. As the nation looks to open back up, the staffing industry can play a pivotal role in supporting a safe return to work. Staffing firms can help to ensure a safe workplace and can support their clients’ efforts to reopen with worker safety foremost in mind.
“Worker health, safety, and well-being are of the utmost importance to all employers,” says Richard Wahlquist, ASA president and chief executive officer, “and all of this is even more top-of-mind as the nation continues to navigate the Covid-19 pandemic and businesses begin to resume traditional work and operations.”
As businesses began to reopen, an ASA survey found that more than three-quarters of employees said they were satisfied with their employers’ pandemic-related return-to-work plans. Eight in 10 approved of protocols around office cleanliness, remote work, and benefits such as paid leave and sick leave.
Staffing firms can help their clients formulate sound policies around social distancing and workplace hygiene. They can encourage clients to offer temperature screening, promote continued wearing of masks, and support ready access to Covid-19 testing where appropriate.
If you haven’t already, visit Safely Back to Work to download free resources related to safe workplaces and to take the Safely Back to Work pledge.