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.