Amidst the temporary shutdown caused by COVID-19, many employees lost their jobs. Because many have been living on unemployment benefits since early 2020, they might feel they’re safer at home than in the workplace. As a staffing company, you know that having people return to work is the best choice. With increased demand in certain industries, especially medical and science fields, the need for workers is increasingly important. It’s your job to make qualified candidates feel comfortable filling these roles.
Here are three ways staffing firms are getting people to go back to work after the coronavirus-related shutdown.
1. Offering Trending Roles
Many staffing companies offer opportunities to fill trending positions related to stopping the spread of the coronavirus. Among them are lab processors and lab technicians, especially needed at sites offering COVID-19 and related antibodies testing. Contract tracers are required to contact people potentially affected by someone who tested positive for the virus. Health screeners are needed to conduct start-of-shift health screenings to prevent the spread of the virus in the workplace. Medical assistants and floor monitors are required to ensure safety and adherence to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines as spaces are transformed to serve as shelters and alternative clinics. Pharmacy technicians are required to assist pharmacists with serving patients. Nurses and other medical professionals are needed to care for COVID-19 patients.
2. Having Return-to-Work Protocol in Place
Staffing companies are working with their clients to put safety plans in place to lessen the risk of exposure to COVID-19 for employees returning to work. They ensure that clients provide the required personal protective equipment (PPE) for employees, or the agencies provide PPE themselves. They stay aware of how often client workplaces are cleaned and disinfected to provide a safe work environment. Staffing firms know clients’ plans for employee health screens before starting work each day, including what happens if someone exhibits symptoms or tests positive for COVID-19.
3. Regularly Communicating with Employees and Applicants
Staffing companies are placing increased emphasis on communicating with employees about issues related to the coronavirus. This includes sharing clients’ plans for health and safety in the workplace and addressing employee concerns. Agencies are transparent about clients’ expectations for wearing masks, practicing social distancing, and openly discussing the level of risk involved with the work environment. They talk about the ability for clients to ask certain questions about workers’ health during the pandemic. Staffing companies review their policies regarding paid time off, sick leave, and related issues affected by COVID-19. If an employee feels sick, they’re encouraged to speak to the staffing agency as soon as possible to let them know they’ll be in quarantine rather than at work. Questions are highly encouraged at all times to further clarify issues.
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