When employers, managers, and employees all started managing COVID-19 symptom screening, everyone was under the assumption that it would last a few weeks at most.
A year later, we are still screening frontline employees for symptoms and monitoring temperatures. Vaccine rollout should have been the light at the end of the tunnel, but with the current vaccine hesitation levels across frontline teams, the ‘new normal’ is likely to include symptom screening as part of the everyday shift duties.
Many people are still hesitant about the safety and effectiveness of a vaccine; The average vaccine acceptance rate in the United States is 56.9% with 44% of the population not planning on getting a vaccine.
Employers can legally require their employees to vaccinate, but many are not making vaccinations mandatory for their teams.
How do we get ‘back to normal’ with such a large portion of people not being vaccinated?
We can start by working on transparent communication about vaccine safety with parts of the team that may be hesitant, and continue with symptom screening to keep the rest of the team safe in the meantime.
Make it simple for your employees to get vaccinated by encouraging them with information on where to get a vaccine, what to expect, and how they can communicate scheduling needs with their manager.
For many people, their employers are their main source of information, so sharing reliable and credible information about vaccine safety is a great way to help a hesitant part of your workforce feel better about vaccination.
Pre-shift symptom screening is universally accepted as a method for limiting COVID-19 exposure in the workplace.
Things to think about with symptom screening:
Symptom screening is an effective method of decreasing exposure not only to COVID-19 but to any other virus that may appear down the road. Being able to reach your team’s before they come onsite in a simple and effective way helps make things easier and saves everyone time.
Accessible, inclusive, and user-friendly, your team will thank you for putting them first.