You must follow your policies (PTO, vacation, sick, short-term disability, leave of absence, FMLA, and ADA). To help allay fears, communicate with your staff frequently. Daily staff briefings are encouraged.
- Communicate that employees are your top priority.
- Stay informed and educate your staff with the practice’s plans to help mitigate and reduce risk.
- Remind employees that the precautions taken are much like the flu.
- Take time to listen to employees fears and concerns, addressing as best as you can.
Advising, educating, and having a plan in place to address issues and concerns will help to calm fears. Here is a link to an OSHA document to assist with employee management requirements: OSHA 2019 Novel Coronavirus website.