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Wednesday, April 13
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Managing Sick Employees In Today's Staffing Crisis
In the midst of a staffing crisis, managers can be your best defense or worst enemies when it comes to sick employees. Between norovirus, COVID, allergies, and mental health issues, managers play a big part in deciding who works, who stays home, and for how long. We'll discuss tools managers need to manage call outs, resources for employees and managers alike that can help reduce health-related staffing issues, and how to mitigate the impact of sick calls on the ongoing staffing crisis.
Unfortunately yes, especially with Omicron. We’ve started to see a large number of people with reinfection within a 6 months time frame, and expect that this will continue to rise as people’s booster doses continue to wane, and as BA.2, which is even more infectious than the first version of Omicron, continues to spread. The good news is that reinfections tend to be less severe, especially in those who are vaccinated.
Unfortunately, yes. Anyone who is unvaccinated who’s had prolonged close contact with someone sick (within 6ft for 15 or more minutes) should stay home for 5 full days, and should ideally test between days 3-5 before returning to work. The only exception is anyone who has had confirmed COVID in the past 90 days, who doesn’t need to stay home, but should wear a mask for a full 5 days while working and monitor for symptoms. The reality is that COVID is still here, and those with close contact who aren’t vaccinated are unfortunately very likely to get sick. It’s important that we keep them home - even if we’re over this virus, it’s not done with us.
We’re seeing more strep throat and other non-COVID illnesses. If someone has an alternative diagnosis and is being treated for it by a doctor, and they’re at least 24 hours symptom free, we generally believe it’s safe for them to go to work. If they say they have strep, but haven’t been tested, that’s another story entirely. In those cases, if they have multiple COVID-like symptoms, we’d recommend keeping them out for five days from their symptom start. But for those who have been seen by a medical professional and are being treated for another illness, they can return once they’re symptom free for a day.
The latest studies about ventilation show that air circulation, filtration, and higher humidity all help to decrease the amount of viral particles in the air. Humidity is the surprising factor in this, and while it’s not necessarily something most businesses need to consider for retrofitting just yet, it’s certainly an interesting thing to consider as you build new spaces. Keeping an eye on the latest science about filter systems, ventilation, and humidity control is an easy way building operators can take tangible measures to reduce transmission in their space. And in good news for restaurant operators, most industrial kitchens already have relatively higher humidity and excellent ventilation.
America Is About to Test How Long 'Normal' Can Hold - The Atlantic