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Return to work after COVID-19 — 5 top tips to help employees feel safe


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When offices started closing in March 2020, HR leaders were forced to scramble to figure out the best ways to ensure employees would eventually feel safe returning to work.

Alight has the tools and expertise to help you put the pieces back in place. Here’s a quick list of five tips to help your people find peace of mind when returning to work after COVID-19.

Tip #1: Give them a go-to

Develop a centralized COVID-19 resource center where employees know they can always go to get the information, insights and reassurance they need. In addition to your own internal resources, provide links to reputable sources including osha.gov and cdc.gov to keep them connected to the latest updates. Having a one-stop info shop will make your people feel cared about. And it’ll help your HR team stay ahead of the question curve.

Tip #2: Talk about trust

Open up the lines of communication with employees about COVID-19 issues. Actively engage them with personalized messaging they know they can trust. Provide support resources, share trusted COVID-19 information on a regular basis and let them know where you stand on mandates. The more transparent you are, the more confident and comfortable they'll be.

Tip #3: Keep it simple

Navigating a safe return to work isn't easy. So, make the process as simple as you can. For example, offer incentives like paid time off to receive and recover from the COVID-19 vaccine. And provide resources to help your employees find vaccination centers.

Tip #4: COVID-19 Vaccination verification

A secure vaccine tracking tool, like Alight Verify, gives your organization the ability to certify and track the vaccination status of your employees — quickly, seamlessly and securely. Because the more you know, the faster you can adapt and move forward.

Tip #5: Analyze the situation

Does your HR team have the tools to proactively identify population risks and drive business decisions with real-time analytics? Do you have the visibility you need into vaccination trends and COVID-19 high-risk areas? With the right analytics solutions in place, you and your employees will be more secure and ready for what might be around the corner.

If we've learned anything during the COVID-19 pandemic, it's to be ready for anything. Resiliency and flexibility are keys to success. And even though there's no one-size-fits-all approach to returning to work, with the right partner and support tools, like Alight Verify, you'll be well on your way to helping your employees and your organization feel secure and supported.

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