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Best Practices for Addressing the COVID-19 Pandemic

As the number of U.S. COVID-19 cases grows daily, employment is rapidly changing. While local governments temporarily adjust laws and guidelines, businesses across the country are implementing plans to keep their employees healthy.

Statistically speaking, the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is to minimize person-to-person contact. As such, employers are using the following strategies to encourage employees to stay home:

  • Expanding telecommuting policies to ensure as many employees as possible are working from home

  • Highlighting benefits offerings that employees might not know about, including short-term disability

  • Expanding leave policies, including allowing negative balances in paid time off banks

  • Offering financial incentives for employees to stay home and not come into the office

Unfortunately, having employees work remotely isn’t always an option. Here are steps individuals can take to slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Practice social distancing, maintaining six feet or more of distance from others

  • Not touching their eyes, nose or mouth

  • Avoiding contact with those who are sick

  • Washing their hands often with soap and water

Unfortunately, there is no known vaccine for a human-contracted coronavirus, making precautions that much more critical. Proactive steps could save an organization countless hours of lost productivity.

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