As the Coronavirus continues to spread throughout the country, the nonprofit sector is now faced with new challenges and pressures. Concerns are high—not only about personal, team and community safety, but also the impact on organizational operations. In the face of this public health issue, the Center has taken steps to support your efforts in maintaining safety and continuity in your organization.
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Helpful steps for now and down the road
The Center has converted our training classes to webinars, is utilizing conference calls versus in-person meetings, has transitioned to a virtual office setting with all staff, and has developed the following list of recommendations:
In addition to taking and promoting proper precautions of cleaning hands regularly, avoiding touching your face and covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, the Center is encouraging organization leaders to:
- Follow the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and local authorities for updates and recommendations.
- Update leave policies and procedures (Template)
- Enforce mandatory stay-home-if-sick policy
- Be mindful and supportive of team members who have childcare issues such as daycare or school closings
- If you haven’t done so already, develop a flexible work environment with a technological, cultural and operational infrastructure that enables your team to work virtually and your organization to continue functioning. Tools that can help:
- Issue a laptop for each team member
- GoogleDrive/Google Suite
- Set up mobile tethering plans to assist with Internet access
- Have a statement from the CEO/President already prepared in case you need to close your organization temporarily.
- Keep your team and clients informed. In addition to immediate updates on new information, communicate with team members at least once a week so they feel reassured and in the loop.
- Require travel by any team member to be reported to HR.
- Discuss and evaluate a go/no go for events. Review venue cancellation policies and negotiate if necessary for rescheduling when possible.