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I have mixed feelings about things opening up , i like to go back to normal but worried that I will get the virus and that the employer will provide the safety for employees

I have mixed feelings about things opening up , i like to go back to normal but worried that I will get the virus and that the employer will provide the safety for employees

by scott stafford -
Number of replies: 2

What does everyone think

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Re: I have mixed feelings about things opening up , i like to go back to normal but worried that I will get the virus and that the employer will provide the safety for employees

by COVID19 Moderator -

Hi Scott,

Thanks for your post. I think your worries are commonly shared by many of us trying to navigate back to (somewhat) normal. As a society we've had to rethink how our work will continue to get done while also doing our best to keep everyone safe. While some business may be opening up, we can still follow the precautions (wearing a mask, frequent hand washing etc.) It may be helpful to approach your employer in advance to explore what your return to work might look like - what precautions will be put into place such as reorganizing physical spaces, doing more tasks remotely and will they provide protective equipment if needed. If possible, you may consider also speaking to some of your co-workers to see what they think. Depending on your workplace, an Employee Assistance Program or Human Resources department may also be able to provide some support and guidance.

curious to hear what other folks have implemented with planning a return to work

In reply to scott stafford

Re: I have mixed feelings about things opening up , i like to go back to normal but worried that I will get the virus and that the employer will provide the safety for employees

by Lisa Smile -
Hi Scott!

Nice to e-meet you and hope you are keeping well. I turned to this discussion board for the same reason that you did; hoping to get some support and perspective during an interesting time. Currently, I am working from home and live with a parent who would be considered part of the vulnerable population. I too have worries about risking my health and the health of my parent when I return back to work. Since working from home, productivity has been great within my company, so much that HR is now considering implementing a flexible work from home policy when things do go back to normal. This might be something to bring up to your HR department if you haven't yet already. I truly believe that any decision your employer will make will take into account your health and well being as top priority. Hope this helps you - stay positive! :)