Let’s be real. It’s scary out there.
As schools and businesses shutter around the country, it’s natural to worry about the economic impact of novel coronavirus COVID-19.
Despite the uncertainty, many businesses are getting creative as a means to remain open and operational. Restaurants are now offering curbside pick-ups, yoga studios have transitioned to online classes and more companies are offering telework options.
A company’s ability to be flexible in a challenging environment is paramount, but even more important is for everyone in the community to do his or her part.
“Please take this seriously, so that businesses and everybody’s lives can go back to normal as quickly as possible with a minimal amount of impact to people in our community,” implored Sarah Fulton, Vice President of Operations for The Lee Group.
Fulton said business owners she’s spoken with want to remain open, so that means employees need to be cognizant of their health.
“Please be smart, make choices to limit your usual activities, and don’t have the mindset of ‘this isn’t going to affect me,’” said Fulton. “Take a minute to question where you are going and who you are going to surround yourself with. Don’t be afraid to ask people if they are feeling sick.”
A healthy workforce will both help slow down the spread of the virus and keep the economical wheels spinning.
As of March 16, 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had recommended the following guidelines for employers:
- Actively encourage sick employees to stay home.
- Separate sick employees.
- Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees.
- Perform routine environmental cleaning.
- Advise employees before traveling to take certain steps.
For the full description of each guideline, click here.
“At The Lee Group, we want everybody healthy and everybody safe,” said Fulton, “and that’s what businesses want, too.”