By Rachel Ranosa
Despite efforts to make the transition back to the workplace safe and frictionless, HR leaders are facing setbacks
From face coverings and temperature scans, to office desk barriers and one-way corridors, companies are relying on physical measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the workplace.
Despite efforts to make the transition safe and frictionless for employees, HR leaders are facing setbacks in their return to work, from having “incomplete and changing information” about the novel coronavirus, to a lack of coordination between government agencies in charge of reopening.
Given these challenges, however, a reliable HR software can provide leaders with the visibility they need amid the disruption and uncertainty, advised Matt Calkins, CEO of Appian.
“Software is essential for a safe return to the workplace,” Calkins said.
But most companies (97%) are skipping on new tech investments that “aid a safe return to work” – and some (89%) believe they do not need new software in their COVID-19 response strategy, the survey found.
Because of this lack of visibility, HR leaders are reportedly concerned about the following:
- Management of personal protective equipment
- Location and contact tracing (identifying where an employee has been and the colleagues they’ve had contact with)
- Protection of employees’ personal health data
- Compliance with government regulations
“When dealing with the health and well-being of hundreds or thousands of people, businesses need the speed that software delivers in tracking daily health updates, monitoring test results, identifying potential exposures, and conducting contact tracing,” Calkins said.
Most HR software solutions can easily check for health and other policy updates from government authorities, as well as monitor employee test results and worksite vulnerabilities.
These tools can help businesses “tailor responses to their needs,” including monitoring at-risk employees, issuing guidance on quarantines and tests, and shutting down premises in case of an outbreak, the study found.
This article originally appeared at https://www.hcamag.com/us/specialization/hr-technology/is-your-back-to-work-strategy-missing-this-vital-element/230914