As we all try to adapt to a new version of professional life, we are encountering new concerns and ways of thinking at every turn. From hybrid work-from-home/office schedules to vaccine mandates and more, human resources and management, as well as every other employee, are finding themselves with new responsibilities. One of the most pertinent of the new protocols we are adopting as the public is the advent of contact tracing. It is so important because it basically pertains to the future. Contact is traced and analyzed. This data is then used to implement guidelines that will help keep your staff safe, and your business working.
Let’s take a look at some ways you can keep track of your contact tracing, and how you can manage your close contacts for things like office visits, scheduling, staff and visitor health checks, and self-reporting.
Scheduling and Office Visits
Keeping records of visitors is essential for contact tracing purposes. Imagine visitors crossing in a waiting room, or a bunch of employees meeting with a client offsite, or any other combination that could come up in the course of your day of business. If you hear the news that someone has tested positive, you are going to want to be able to reach out with a pre-planned and effective protocol. Most of us have software in use, which is a great idea. And having staff properly trained to use it is a part of that.
If an employee tests positive for Covid, they should self-isolate and begin to reach out to all contacts, including the human resource department and/or the employee’s supervisor, depending on the protocol of the workplace.
There are discrepancies from state to state about business owners transmitting information about positive Covid cases among employees. For the most part, health departments seem to get involved when needed, with data they collect on their own. As you can imagine, they are fairly overloaded at the moment, in every state.
Doing temperature scans may not be mandatory in your state yet, but it is not a bad idea to enforce them at the workplace. It is a sure way to stop a huge chance of infection at the outset.
Understanding Softwares and Protocols
As always, check-in with the latest CDC guidelines, and be up to date on your state and local codes. You can also use your software to identify threats and risks, send alerts and make decisions about blocking the entrance to your office if necessary.
We are all doing our best to adapt and overcome while maintaining the vigilance necessary to our collective success. As we find our new roles in the fight against employee illness, in every department, it is important to pay attention to the most valuable asset we have in that struggle: information. The more data we collect, and the more information we can share, the better off we will be in terms of public health. Contact tracing is a good example of this in action, and it is a good way to promote a healthy and safe working environment.