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6 Key Factors to Consider in the Workplace Regarding Emergency Situations Including COVID-19

6 Key Factors to Consider in the Workplace Regarding Emergency Situations Including COVID-19 - Michigan Human Resource Consulting Blog | Sage Solutions Group - Covid-19Plan, Prepare and Communicate!  Whether dealing with COVID-19 or any other emergency situation, rationality beats panic every time. 

Here are some points you should consider to help position your company and your employees for the best possible outcomes.


1.  Your employee’s home life must be secured and thought through before they can be effective at work.  Help them do this by suggesting a few thinking points:

  • Elder/childcare
  • Funds
  • Healthcare
  • Supplies

2.  Your Company/Organization needs to survive—especially during an emergency event.  What is the plan to continue to stay profitable and safe while working through any situation?  Consider the following main areas of your business:

  • Employees
  • Electronics
  • Telecommunications
  • Customers
  • Funds
  • Transportation
  • Physical Locations

3.  Dust off your policies—are they out of date?

  • Telecommuting
  • FLMA
  • PMLA
  • ADA
  • PTO
  • FLSA
  • Attendance policy
  • Travel policy

4.  Safety Programs

OSHA requires that all employers have a safe and healthful work environment. Ensure that your policies are up to date and include such emergency items as:

  • Pandemics
  • Inclement Weather
  • Violent Situations
  • Fire

5. Training 

Create a plan for ongoing training on the following important topics:

  • Call in procedures
  • What to do if you get ill while at work
  • How to prevent the spread of infection
    • Hand washing
    • Personal space—maintain a distance of 6 feet
    • Sanitizing workspaces, good housekeeping tactics
  • How to check time off banks balances and who to contact for assistance

6.  Communicate, communicate, communicate!  Nothing dispels panic and uncertainty better than knowing the plan and procedures during an emergency event.  Be sure to let you employees know what to do, how to do it and who to talk to in your organization if they need help or clarification.

Provide them with tips and knowledge to prepare and protect themselves.

All companies need a plan- Now and for the future. 6 Key Factors to Consider in the Workplace Regarding Emergency Situations Including COVID-19 - Michigan Human Resource Consulting Blog | Sage Solutions Group - shutterstock_52614421

Live your plan, frequently revisit it and revise it as needed.  The COVID-19 issue should remind us that proper planning and communication will always be critical during any emergency or serious situation.


For more information regarding how to handle emergency situations in the workplace or any other Human Resource related matter, contact Sage Solutions Group at 734-855-7187 or visit us on the web at


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