Six ways to protect your employees when stay-at-home orders lift

first_imgAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the question we’re getting asked most is “how can we keep our employees safe when they come back to work?” We’ve put together a checklist breaking down a number of things that you can do right now as well as going forward, but we’d also like to share a list of six things that credit unions can do immediately to make your workplace a safer place for employees in the short term. Replace the filters in your HVAC system You may be six feet away from your desk mate, but in a building with poorly-filtered recirculated air, you are just as likely to be infected by someone in a different room as the person sitting next to you. Luckily, there are a number of readily available filters for HVAC systems that are able to remove most virus particles from circulation. We recommend using filters rated MERV 13. Add signage and visual cues to reinforce social distancing policies We’re still adjusting to social distancing protocols and it can be difficult to carry the behaviors that we’ve learned for safely navigating our neighborhoods and grocery stores into the working environment. Adding signage, floor stickers, and visible guidelines to show your employees how to move around the office can help them stay safe. Remove at least half of the seats from common areas Reducing density is critical to reducing the transmission of this disease. Removing furniture from shared areas such as lobbies and meeting rooms will provide a visual and physical reinforcement of your social distancing policies, not only reducing the usage of your common areas but prompting staff to reconsider whether their next meeting could be an email or videoconferencing session instead. Consider reconfiguring these areas to support a few dedicated workstations to reduce density elsewhere. Promote email and videoconferencing in place of in-person meetings There are many advantages to meeting in-person, but in the current time those advantages do not outweigh the risk of getting sick. Upgrade online meeting platforms to support unlimited communication between your employees and make it clear that email and videoconferencing should be strongly considered before scheduling an in-person meeting. Provide cleaning supplies for employees Common areas can spread the transmission of COVID-19, but they are generally only cleaned at night by janitorial staff. Protect your employees by providing them with cleaning supplies, particularly disinfecting wipes, that they can use to wipe down the common areas that they use throughout the day. Build more robust work-from-home policies and stagger shifts The safest thing employees can do right now is stay home, but we also recognize that some work must be done in the office. The thing you can do most to help these employees is to ensure that those who can work from home do so to reduce the number of people in the office. Consider staggering shifts so that workers coming into the office to perform tasks can do so at different times or on different days.We believe that credit unions are resilient and will come out of this pandemic even stronger than they went in, and we applaud the efforts that all of you have made to flatten the curve and get us through this as quickly as possible. And if you’d like the read the full checklist, it’s available for download without signup or registration on our website. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: www.momentumbuilds.com Detailslast_img read more

U.S. Women’s Baseball team wins gold medal at Pan Am games today

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comment (1) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. 0 Vote up Vote down Amy · 263 weeks ago Congrats Riley! very proud of you! Report Reply 0 replies · active 263 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Sumner Newscow report — Ryleigh Buck, a Wellington High School senior, and the U.S. Women’s baseball team clinched gold in the Pan Am games in Ajax, Ont. today with an 11-3 victory over Canada Sunday.Anna Kimbrell hit a bases-clearing double in the fifth inning to open up a close game off with two outs in the frame and restored a five-run lead for the U.S., one inning after Canada had clawed back to score three.American starting pitcher Sarah Hudek, who hit in the clean-up spot, also drove in three. Michelle Snyder had two runs batted in and Samantha Cobb and Jenna Marston added an RBI apiece.Hudek gave up three runs on four hits while walking five and striking out two over 3 1/3 innings. Stacy Piagno pitched 3 2/3 innings of shutout ball the rest of the way.Jenna Flannigan, Kelsey Lalor and Amanda Asay had RBIs for Canada.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more