The health and wellbeing of your employees should be your top priority when planning your return to work.
Although a study from Gallup found that 55% of workers aren’t concerned with exposure to COVID-19 at work, their safety should take the highest precedence. Facilities teams can create elaborate and detailed plans for a seamless office transition, but it’s all for nothing if the coronavirus enters the building anyway.
An essential part of the solution? COVID-19 screening questions.
In this article, we share the importance of health screenings as well as how your team can best roll them out in your office transition plan and beyond.
The best way to prevent the coronavirus from spreading in your office is to make sure it never enters your office to begin with. Due to the nature of the virus, it can be impossible to identify if someone is carrying the virus without showing symptoms.
How can facility managers combat this problem?
Employee health screenings are an excellent way to gauge employee health without putting others at risk. Health screenings are distributed digitally via online form or questionnaire or completed upon arrival at the office before an employee enters the building.
A few of the significant benefits of health screenings include:
The format of a comprehensive health screening may vary depending on your company’s preference. But for the most part, health screenings are a series of questions and tests to determine an employee’s health and mitigate possible transmission of the virus.
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Additional components of a COVID-19 health screening may include:
As a facility manager, you’re overseeing several components at once. From figuring out your office’s return policy and occupancy to making sure your building is safe for employees to work in, you have a lot on your plate.
Technology is a major player in driving a successful return-to-work plan. Facility management software can take the guesswork out of various planning components—like employee desk arrangements and occupational logistics.
At OfficeSpace, we wanted to create a better way for facility managers to streamline their COVID-19 monitoring and building safety plans with office planning technology. We’re thrilled to introduce you to Safeguard—a new feature within all regular OfficeSpace subscriptions that help you screen for the virus and foster a safe work environment.
Safeguard allows managers to create fully customizable forms for health screenings so you can stay compliant no matter where you’re operating. Because Safeguard is part of the OfficeSpace suite of tools, you can be certain that your occupational data, building information, and other spatial data is integrated as well. That way, you can make the best decisions for your employees and the company as a whole.
Let’s dive into the features of Safeguard:
When thinking about what to include in your COVID-19 screening questions, the goal is to keep things clear and straightforward. Confusing questions could potentially put employees at risk if answered incorrectly.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), below are some questions to include on your form:
The following are Yes/No questions.
These questions are direct and easy to understand. Plus, they help managers quickly determine who is approved to come into work and who should stay home. The Yes/No format also makes answering and scoring these questions easy and quick.
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If COVID-19 has taught us anything, it’s that things can change from moment to moment. Getting a pulse on your employees’ health will ensure your workplace is safe for all and not a massive risk factor.
COVID-19 health screenings are a great way to mitigate the spread of the virus. A tool like Safeguard not only makes it easy for facility managers to send out health screenings, but it’s easier for employees to complete and understand before they enter the office.
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