Excerpt from the OH&S Canada magazine
As Covid-19 Restrictions loosen and more businesses are allowed to reopen, some employees may be anxious about returning to work during a pandemic.
The past few months have been a stressful time for many and adapting to changes when returning to work might be an additional challenge for some employees.
Employers have an obligation to protect their employees’ health and safety in the workplace and they should also involve consideration for their mental health and well-being.
Hope McManus, head of health and safety at Peninsula Canada, an HR consultancy in Toronto, says mental health should be a priority for employers when welcoming back workers.
“Employers should support their employees’ well-being by implementing health and safety practices in the workplace, providing mental-health resources and demonstrating empathy when addressing workers’ concerns,” she says.
Fear and anxiety about returning to work the because by uncertainty and feeling unprepared. Employers can help assure workers by providing training, education and updated workplace documentation when reopening their businesses.
“New health and safety policies, updated employee handbooks, posters in the workplace and social- distancing markers will help assure employees that steps are being taken to protect their safety,” says McManus.
As an owner of a business, it is important to realize that your employees, coming back to work, have worries and concerns that you may or may not be aware of.
It is important to alleviate those fears and recognize that each person is different in that the employer is responsible to ensure that the workplace a safe for all.
The pandemic has showed us that we all have certain fears and Covid-19 is made these concerns out in the open especially with those with pre-existing conditions for those 55 and above.
Mothers are now sending their kids to school, keeping them home for online education, or a mixture of both. Daycare is an issue. Yes, being a parent in today’s world is a very tough occupation.
Good luck to all companies attempting to start back up and look towards the health and safety of your workers which will go a long way in the success of your business.
Ensure your workplace is a safe place.
Remember – In Ontario, “ALL Accidents are Preventable”
‘Work’ and ‘Play’ safe.
Daniel L. Beal
CHSEP – Advanced Level
VP & Senior Trainer
HRS Group Inc.