What should you be looking for in a Return to Work app? This is new no matter your industry and understanding the options for Return to Work tools can be difficult and the literature can be overwhelming, but the bottom line is ensuring employee safety. As you search for solutions to help bring your team back to work during COVID-19, we recommend ensuring your return to work app follows these best practices.
Return to work apps need to be easy to use
A good Return to Work app is easy to use. Daily screening apps do what they were meant to do only if people fill out the survey every single day. So a straightforward, easy-to-use application encourages compliance with company policies. When the app is simple to use, your team won’t mind incorporating it into their workday.
They must also remind employees to follow the guidelines
The app must communicate effectively with users. What does this look like? This means the app should remind users to fill out their daily health screening. This means that the app should remind users to remain at least 6 feet away from others. And this means that the app should alert people if they were exposed to someone who tested positive.
Comply with all regulations and health guidelines
The ideal return to work app allows administrators to customize survey questions according to CDC, OSHA, state, and local health and safety policies, as well as industry standards. The solution should make it easy for you to comply and track all necessary information, while also taking a pragmatic approach to user privacy and security.
For a reopening to be sustainable and effective, employees must feel comfortable with the technology they are using to report, monitor, and alert others of their symptoms and behaviors in the workplace. Having an app that prompts screening and distancing is the best way to get ahead of the disease.
Return to work apps need to take privacy just as seriously as safety
When we consider the application from the user’s perspective it is paramount to take into account privacy. Users need to know that their information is secure if they are going to trust it. They want to know that the tracking data is confined to the workplace and that it is clear how their contact tracing and screening data will be used.
When it comes to data protection, privacy, & security measures, look out for the following keywords to ensure your application is following best practices and industry standards.
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OSHA and the CDC have published significant guidance on the importance of preventing and reducing COVID-19 transmission among employees. In order to re-open successfully, appropriate measures must be taken by businesses to limit the chance of a COVID-19 outbreak at their facility. Having a contact tracing application in use amongst your workforce is a great place to start when setting up a return to work plan. A contact tracing application has the power to automatically notify management who an infected person has come into contact with, thereby stopping COVID-19 transmission in its tracks if measures are taken immediately after someone tests positive.
What is a Contact Tracing Application?
A contact tracing application creates a system for collecting information on who is coming into contact with whom throughout the workday. Via Bluetooth tracking, a contact tracing application records when employees spend significant amounts of time in the presence of their coworkers. And if someone tests positive, the app will advise those who came into contact with the infected person to isolate and get tested.
Without a contact tracing solution preparing you for the scenario when someone tests positive, the safety of your employees is in jeopardy. Moreover, without a plan to mitigate a potential outbreak via a contact tracing solution, your business is exposed to unnecessary risk.
Why isn’t manual contact tracing enough?
For many businesses, it is not practical to have someone manually tracking employee behavior and monitoring who comes into contact with whom. Our contact tracing application has the ability to let employees know if they are maintaining 6 feet of social distance via an alert throughout the day, taking it yet another step further in preventing transmission. The application stores data on test results as well as daily health status, and daily interactions to track when symptoms began and which colleagues may be at risk of further transmission–all automatically.
Complies with OSHA, CDC, state and local guidelines and regulations
To maintain a positive and productive work environment, your employees need to feel confident that they are safe coming back to work. Contact tracing apps empower employees to monitor and track their own movements and behavior, putting them at ease that they and their coworkers are only working with healthy people.
To find out how you can implement a contact tracing application at your organization book a demo to learn more about ReturnSafe!
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