How to Safely Go Back to the Workplace

How to Safely Go Back to the Workplace

As Michigan’s stay-at-home order has now largely been lifted, the news may leave some employees worried about how to safely return to the workplace. When it’s time for you to go back to “business as usual,” these tips can help protect you and your peace of mind:

  • Embrace structure––wake up at your usual time, shower and dress as you normally would, and get back into the swing of your work routine at home before you physically have to return.

  • Stay home if you are sick or have been exposed or think you may have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. If you are experiencing symptoms or concerned you may have been exposed to the virus, call your primary care doctor. Learn more about what to do if you’re sick.

  • Wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. If soap and water aren’t available, use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.

  • Wear a face mask or cloth covering. Your covering should fit snugly and comfortably against your face, be secured with ties or ear loops, include multiple layers of fabric, and be able to be laundered and dried.

  • Talk to your employer about continuing to work at least some days or certain times from home (or remotely), if possible. When you go into your workplace, continue to practice the CDC’s social distancing guidelines. Try to stay six feet away from coworkers.

  • Follow your employer’s COVID-19-related policies and procedures. For example, clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces in your work area (e.g., keyboards, phones and doorknobs).

  • Get consistent, quality sleep, eat well-balanced meals and exercise regularly. All of these habits can help ensure your physical and mental wellness.

  • Don’t be too hard on yourself. Remember that it’s okay and normal to feel anxious, especially during uncertain times. Seek professional help or other mental health resources if stress or anxiety becomes overwhelming. If you already see a therapist, continue to reach out to this individual to share your ongoing feelings and concerns.

  • Understand your rights and COVID-19-related recommendations provided by your specific industry. For instance, there may be special rules or support in place if you have an underlying health condition or can’t get child care.

Holland Hospital is pleased to announce the reopening of services while continuing to ensure the health and safety of all patients and staff.


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