ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – April 28, 2021

ReturnSafe Return to Work Newsletter – April 28, 2021

The resources we assembled this month include up-to-date state safety requirements and survey results from employers and employees on the Future of the Workplace. This information is provided to help you refine your safety protocols as we all move to broaden our return to work programs.

Safe Events COVID-19

Safe Events Solution to Reopen Live Event Venues

Our new Safe Events solution is helping live event organizers meet safe reopening guidelines.
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state COVID-19 guidance

State COVID-19 Screening & Contact Tracing Guidelines

States have played a large role in establishing COVID-19 safety measures for businesses, schools, and venues. Bookmark this page to stay ahead of new state guidelines.
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Command Center for Employers

Launching the First Comprehensive Dashboard for COVID-19

Command Center provides a single pane of glass with insights and tools to prevent, detect and manage cases quickly and effectively, diminishing the impact of COVID on your business.
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The Future of Your Workplace and Managing a Mixed Immunity Environment

How do employers and employees feel about office reopenings and infectious disease at the workplace? We recently conducted a survey. Read our report for insights to enhance your workplace safety plan.
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ReturnSafe Launches Safe Events Solution to Reopen Live Event Venues

ReturnSafe Launches Safe Events Solution to Reopen Live Event Venues

Starting with V2 Presents, the new platform provides entertainment, sporting, and corporate event venues with the tools to safely bring back attendees

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The Safe Events solution provides live event organizers with multiple layers of protection to meet any state’s health department requirements, guidelines from the CDC, and beyond. With a comprehensive suite of proven solutions and best practices, utilizing Safe Events instills confidence in attendees that events are reopening with maximum safety. 

The State of Events
During COVID-19, the live event industry was almost entirely shut down. Its current unemployment rate sits at 14.5 percent, compared to the national average of 6 percent.  While many venues are getting the OK to re-open as states roll out vaccinations and loosen restrictions, there is a lack of clear and consistent guidance on safety protocols for live events. 

“It’s a cause for celebration that live events are making their way back into our lives, but we must remain vigilant and dedicated to health and safety as we navigate a mixed-immunity society for at least the next year,” said Jikku Venkat, CEO and Co-Founder of ReturnSafe. “Our solution provides live event organizers with the right tools to reopen in a safe and measured way.”

How it Works
The Safe Events platform provides venue and event organizers with the tools to manage pre-event, live event and post-event safety, including:

  • Pre-screening tools to ensure only those who meet the criteria can enter the event, such as self-screening, vaccination status and COVID-19 testing. 
  • Venue entrance screening that includes temperature testing, a safe entry access pass, and a screening kiosk for those who didn’t pre-screen.
  • Contact logging wearables while inside the event for precise contact tracing if needed post-event.
  • Post-event safety measures for rapid contact tracing, exposure notifications and Health Department compliance reporting. 

“With all the excitement that comes from the return of live events comes a responsibility to make that return safely. We believe deeply in the power of music as a tool for coping with the anxiety and stress that many have dealt with over the last year,” says V2 Presents co-owners Jeremy Moreland and Brandon Fullmer. “We are thrilled to partner with ReturnSafe to provide a health screening solution for our attendees and staff. Giving our community peace of mind and security in knowing that they can get back to doing what they love in a safe environment is our top priority.”

To learn more about ReturnSafe and the Safe Events solution, visit https://returnsafe.com/

About ReturnSafe
ReturnSafe is a holistic software solution for infectious disease management (IDM) that is helping businesses, universities, healthcare facilities, sports teams and major venues businesses reopen and stay open. Its end-to-end platform provides daily health screening, exposure notification, and contact tracing and case management for COVID-19 and other contagious diseases. ReturnSafe is based in Austin, TX and backed by Fifty Years, Necessary Ventures and Active Capital. To help keep everyone in your organization safe with human-driven, technology-supported solutions, visit www.returnsafe.com.

Media Contact:
Tess Pawlisch
returnsafe@thekeypr.com

As Return-to-Work Becomes Reality, New Data Shows Companies Lack Plans to Manage Infectious Disease Outbreaks

As Return-to-Work Becomes Reality, New Data Shows Companies Lack Plans to Manage Infectious Disease Outbreaks

ReturnSafe’s survey of national HR leaders finds COVID-19 and future infectious diseases viewed as major threats to business, less than 50 percent have plans to manage them

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“Returning to a sense of normalcy is palpable. After a year of navigating remote work that negatively impacted business outcomes for many, it’s understandable that employers want to get people back into physical workspaces as soon as possible,” said Tarun Nimmagadda, CEO and Co-Founder of ReturnSafe. “But the pandemic isn’t over, and future outbreaks remain a threat to employee health and wellbeing. We need to ensure that every workplace has a long-term solution to address issues related to COVID-19 and beyond. It’s clear from our survey findings that employees are extremely concerned about how employers plan to manage vaccinations, social distancing, and infectious diseases down the line.”

Key findings from the report show:

  • Remote work has hurt company growth, culture, and employee wellbeing: 58 percent of respondents said that their company has been negatively impacted by not having employees in a physical workspace
  • Getting back to work is a high priority for companies and employers, but employees have major concerns: 63 percent of respondents said they plan to bring employees back to full capacity in 2021, but their employees have expressed concerns over vaccination policies, social distancing, and long-term impacts of infectious diseases
  • Business leaders are split on requiring COVID-19 vaccinations: 52 percent of respondents said they don’t yet have a policy in place on COVID-19 vaccination status and employee return-to-work eligibility, and only a bit more than half (58 percent) say they have plans in place to manage a mixed-immunity environment
  • COVID-19 has changed how we address sickness in the workplace, generally: 56 percent of respondents said the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted their company’s overall sickness policy, from requiring sick employees to pass a screening test, to requiring sick employees to stay home, to requiring a doctor’s note to return to work
  • Future infectious diseases are a threat to business, but nearly half of respondents don’t have plans to manage them: 78 percent of respondents said that future infectious disease outbreaks are a threat or liability to business, but nearly half of them lack protocols to manage infectious diseases beyond COVID-19

“Our findings show that nearly half of employers don’t have a vaccination policy in place, meaning they must deal with the complexities of mixed-immunity environments,” said Jikku Venkat, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President of Product, and Co-Founder of ReturnSafe. “Companies need tools like daily health screeners, testing dashboards and case managers to not only prevent COVID-related healthcare costs from spiraling out of control, but to ease employees’ concerns and instill confidence that their health and safety is a top priority.”

Survey Methodology:
A survey of 122 companies was conducted from March 17-31, 2021 to better understand how employers are planning return-to-work strategies and thinking about the future of infectious disease in the workplace. Respondents were asked 21 questions that pertain to the future of work and managing mixed-immunity work environments.

The Survey was commissioned and executed by ReturnSafe.

About ReturnSafe
ReturnSafe is a holistic software solution for infectious disease management (IDM) that is helping businesses, universities, healthcare facilities, sports teams and major venues businesses reopen and stay open. Its end-to-end platform provides daily health screening, exposure notification, and contact tracing and case management for COVID-19 and other contagious diseases. ReturnSafe is based in Austin, TX and backed by Fifty Years, Necessary Ventures and Active Capital. To help keep everyone in your organization safe with human-driven, technology-supported solutions, visit https://www.returnsafe.com.

Media Contact:
Tess Pawlisch
returnsafe@thekeypr.com

ReturnSafe Enables Schools and Workplaces to Reopen At Scale with First Comprehensive Dashboard for COVID-19

ReturnSafe Enables Schools and Workplaces to Reopen At Scale with First Comprehensive Dashboard for COVID-19

ReturnSafe’s Command Center helps HR leaders to quickly visualize risk, to cost-effectively prevent and manage outbreaks and to reduce healthcare costs

 

AUSTIN, TEXAS  — April 6, 2021 — ReturnSafe, the holistic software solution for infectious disease management (IDM) helping businesses reopen and stay open, today announced the launch of its Command Center. This integrated, comprehensive digital platform equips employers with the data and tools they need to prevent and manage infectious disease outbreaks in the workplace while keeping their employees safe, healthy, and confident in returning to physical spaces. Features such as vaccine management, symptom screening, testing data, contact tracing data, and isolation and quarantine case management give employers a 360-degree view of risk across their workforces and physical locations. These tools also enable them to easily comply with new COVID-19 guidelines and regulations regarding safe reopening of the workplace. 

“The current reality is that experts predict COVID-19 will reach endemic status, just like the seasonal flu. It’s urgent that we create long-term solutions to address the future of infectious disease management in the workplace. Our economy and collective mental health depend on it,” said Tarun Nimmagadda, CEO and Co-Founder of ReturnSafe. “Existing methods to manage employee safety were either manual or COVID-washed band-aids of existing solutions. Employers are realizing that they will need more scalable solutions to navigate the next phases of the virus, and our COVID-19 Command Center is the only solution 100 percent guided by people living through the experience.” 

Implementing Command Center will enable employers to develop data-driven return-to-work strategies for an inevitably, mixed-immunity population. The new platform is designed to help employers efficiently manage COVID-19 case workflows and reduce the logistical burden of manual processes, which often lead to missed information and increased risk.  

“We’ve been using ReturnSafe for almost eight months. It has been a core element of our layered strategy to keep our faculty, staff, and students safe, and most recently, to track our university community’s progress toward our vaccination goals,” said John Montgomery, Chief Information Technology Officer at Madonna University. “We have tightly coordinated with the ReturnSafe team each step of the way. Command Center is directly based on feedback from our university and others managing this pandemic. Its intuitive and trustworthy digital platform will help eliminate the need to manually manage contact tracing data with a spreadsheet. I highly recommend the ReturnSafe technology and team to any workplace or organization attempting to navigate this tricky landscape.”

Businesses using ReturnSafe’s Command Center have access to:

  • Case Management: All data entries and information is compiled in one dashboard, displaying employees with potential, active, or cleared cases of COVID-19. Administrators have access to all the information needed to efficiently manage outbreaks, ensuring teams are following prescribed safety protocols. 

COVID-19 Case Management

  • Test Management: Employers’ external testing providers can now directly upload employee test results into the Command Center Dashboard. Administrators can utilize this information to take immediate action when there is a positive test, and quickly update employees’ building access abilities. 

COVID-19 Test Management

  • Vaccine Management: As employers navigate mixed-immunity workforces, this tool provides a report on important employee vaccination information, including vaccine provider, date, location and eventual booster status. This feature also includes employee sentiment surveys, where administrators can gauge attitudes toward  taking the vaccination among their workforce, providing meaningful insights for creating programs to address employee concerns.

COVID-19 vaccine management

“By implementing Command Center, HR leaders will be able to achieve dual business outcomes by avoiding losses due to closure and to reduce overall healthcare costs for their employee population. Employee confidence and morale is also significantly improved,” said Jikku Venkat, Chief Technology Officer, Vice President of Product, and Co-Founder of ReturnSafe. “After facing more than a year of unimaginable loss, the last thing workers should be concerned about is returning to an unsafe environment in order to keep food on the table.”

ReturnSafe is on a mission to prevent and reduce the spread of infectious diseases at workplaces and schools. In just six short months, ReturnSafe has amassed more than 60 customers – including Sesame Workshop, San Antonio Spurs, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, and several universities and schools – and protected the lives of more than 20,000 employees and stakeholders.

To learn more about ReturnSafe and implement the COVID-19 Command Center, visit https://returnsafe.com/

About ReturnSafe
ReturnSafe is a holistic software solution for infectious disease management (IDM) that is helping businesses, universities, healthcare facilities, sports teams and major venues businesses reopen and stay open. Its end-to-end platform provides daily health screening, exposure notification, and contact tracing and case management for COVID-19 and other contagious diseases. ReturnSafe is based in Austin, TX and backed by Fifty Years, Necessary Ventures and Active Capital. To help keep everyone in your organization safe with human-driven, technology-supported solutions, visit www.returnsafe.com.

Media Contact:
Tess Pawlisch
returnsafe@thekeypr.com