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Returning to Work

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As much of the world returns to work, it’s vital employers take precautions to facilitate a safe transition. Things that may have been back-of-mind before are now prioritized, like cleaning the breakroom and other commonly used spaces. As employees return from working from home or being furloughed, they need to feel safe in their place of work in order to be productive. 

There are a few steps employers can take before asking employees to return to work, such as implementing physical distancing measures as well as communicating with employees about whether or not they are comfortable coming back to work. Each person’s situation may be different, or they may live with someone at a higher risk for COVID that still needs strict isolation. The most important thing you can do when your employees return to work is to invest in their wellbeing, and one way to do that is with an Employee Assistance Program (EAP).

Originally created to address alcoholism and drug usage, EAPs now cover a range of life challenges your employees may be facing in order to reduce absenteeism, increase retention, improve production, and more. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, EAPs have been shown to have a positive impact on medical costs due to the early identification and treatment of mental health and substance abuse issues. Penn Foundation’s EAP is a proactive business tool that can help your employees handle life challenges.

While there are other precautions to be taken as employees return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic, their mental wellness should be considered just as much as their physical wellness. Start planning your strategy for investing in the wellness of your workforce today by contacting our EAP office.