Getting Staff to Comply with New COVID-19 Office Policies
An HR expert shares some ideas
Anyone who has worked in an office knows there’s always that one person who just won’t follow the rules. And while pre-pandemic the fallout from someone flouting office policies was typically not severe, in today’s environment, the consequences could be deadly. As employees return to the work, they want rules designed to reduce the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) enforced. A recent survey found 74 percent of employees want those who don’t follow the rules to “face consequences” from an employer. In addition, 87 percent believed it was the employer’s responsibility to enforce safety practices related to COVID-19.
If staff are expecting compliance and want their employer to take charge, what’s the best way to make sure that happens? Kim McNeil, an HR knowledge advisor at the Society for Human Resource Management, shared some best steps for organizations heading back to the office.
First, before talking to staff about returning, go over your existing safety policies, update them for COVID-19, and review policies regarding compliance. “In my experience, many employers already have policies in place,” McNeil said. “It’s a good time to go back and see if there are changes that need to be made.”
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