Imagine you’re asked to go into a room with several people you don’t know. You’ll be paid at least $440 if you do so, possibly a LOT more. The catch? One or more of the people in the room could have a disease that could – or could not – make you very sick. Even kill you. You’re told you’ll all work on small tasks. You’re given a face mask and lots of hand sanitizer and are told everyone will stay at least six feet from each other.
Do. You. Go. In?
In a nutshell, that’s what you’re asking your employees to do every time they come into work during the COVID-19 pandemic. (The $440 was based on 40 hours at $11.63, the average hourly earnings of workers in the U.S. as of May 2020.)
But what if you knew that everyone in the room didn’t have the disease? And the person asking you to go into the room can prove that no one has the disease and hasn’t had any symptoms for at least 14 days? Wouldn’t you feel a LOT safer? Wouldn’t you be a lot more relaxed and productive?
That’s what can happen when your business provides regular coronavirus testing to your employees.
Now that all 50 U.S. states have started reopening their economies (although in different ways, under different timelines), many more employers are starting to ask that their healthy employees return to work on-site.
While most employers are requiring that employees return, others are allowing workers to say they’re uncomfortable returning, with no questions asked.
Here’s what happens when you regularly test employees for coronavirus:
- Workers feel safe.
- Anxiety and worry naturally decrease.
- Productivity and camaraderie increase.
As for the benefits to you, they are many:
- You can reduce worker’s compensation claims.
- You will show your workers you truly care about their well-being.
- You minimize production and service disruptions that can result from virus contamination and spread.
As important as employee testing can be to the health and wellness of your workers (as well as your business), there still are some critical equal employment opportunity considerations to take into account:
- Screen all employees, otherwise you could be putting yourself in danger of being accused of discrimination.
- Keep all results confidential; they should be “retained as confidential medical records according to the ADA’s requirements.”
- If an employee has a medical condition that requires an accommodation in regards to testing, make sure it’s available.
- Decide before testing starts how you will handle the situation should one or more employees refuse to be tested.
- Understand that you probably will be required to pay employees for their time while they wait for and are being tested.
- And more (see the link above).
NDS Wellness provides affordable coronavirus testing as well as antibody testing for businesses across the country via our mobile, on-site services so you can offer the testing at your location (another benefit for your workers).
Provide your employees peace of mind – and help your business thrive as it “reopens.” Learn more about NDS Wellness’ coronavirus testing services.