Health and Safety Top Concerns When Returning to Work Post-COVID-19

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As states across the country continue to lift their stay-at-home orders, consumers and employees alike are voicing their concerns about returning to businesses and the workplace.

“COVID-19 has changed every aspect of our daily lives,” says Colleen Costello, CEO of Vital Vio, a healthcare solutions company that created planet-friendly antimicrobial LED lights. “Even though businesses have already started reopening, the fear of disease and infection remains prevalent across our nation.”

“Our new survey, ‘Wellness in a post-COVID World,’ has shed light on Americans’ concerns, touching on what the fear of disease could mean for the future of the workplace. Our data reveals that many Americans are hesitant to return to their previous work routines, even if the government deems it safe,” Costello adds. “In fact, 25% would even leave their job if their workplace doesn’t make stronger investments in cleanliness.”

“For places of work, this means sanitation needs to be their priority in order to create an environment that employees feel safe, healthy, and protected,” Costello suggests.

Creating a Healthier, Safer Workplace

The COVID-19 pandemic has been difficult to navigate, as some who are diagnosed with it never have any symptoms, while others who are diagnosed may end up having life-threatening symptoms. There are many who are walking around with the virus and simply don’t even know they have it. This is a cause for concern for everybody.

Never has “wash your hands” been more important than in the COVID era, and simply washing your hands isn’t enough. In order for workers to feel comfortable going back to work, they must know their employers are taking every precaution to create a safe and healthy work environment.

According to the Vital Vio survey report, 17% of respondents are planning to wait a few weeks to go back to the office once it’s deemed “safe,” 11% are planning to wait 1–2 months, and another 11% are saying they will work from home indefinitely.

Americans want employers to focus on protecting workers from harmful germs, finds Vital Vio. As Costello mentioned, 25% of respondents say they would even leave their job if their employer doesn’t make investments in cleanliness, and this number is even higher for Millennial (31%) workers. Read more here…

Source: HR Daily Advisor

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