With the winter gone and the spring leaping in, the flu season was also supposed to have gone. Unfortunately, it hasn’t, and the latest pandemic – COVID-19 has also crept into the world terrorizing people with flu-like symptoms. Since the pandemic is rising and social distancing declared as a safe way to avoid further spread, many employers have offered remote working options, keeping in mind the employee wellness and health concerns.
The COVID-19 Pandemic
The current COVID-19 pandemic is an infectious disease caused by the Coronavirus, affecting the respiratory tract. Known to spread through droplets of mucus or saliva of an infected person, the symptoms are similar to that of flu, including cold, cough, and mild to lethal respiratory tract infections. Since there are a lot of similarities between the common influenza virus and the COVID-19 virus, the prevention, and control strategies are also quite similar.
Apart from the global health concern, employee wellness and their family health has become a major cause of worry for many employers since the virus can be transmitted easily if the infected person sneezes or cough with the droplets spreading the virus. From the health perspective, older people and people with certain health conditions like type-2 diabetes, respiratory illnesses, cardiac disorders, and low immunity are more susceptible.
Keeping in mind the employee health and global wellness aspects, the World Health Organization (WHO) has set up a few guidelines to be followed in our daily routines, to effectively prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Convey these guidelines to your workforce, explaining them about its importance, the health benefits, and for overall better corporate wellness.
- Wash hands often with a good handwash throughout the day, especially after using the washroom, sneezing, shaking hands with outsiders, or touching any external public sources.
- Use a good alcohol-based hand sanitizer or wipes while traveling outside or after touching any public object.
- Use a tissue or wipe to sneeze into and dispose it. Never sneeze into your hands. If you do not have a tissue handy, sneeze into your elbow, and do not touch your face until you use the sanitizer or a handwash.
- Follow social distancing and stay at home. If needed to go out, ensure you maintain at least 3 feet distance from others, especially people who may be sick.
- Make sure that your surroundings and home are clean without a chance for any probable infection.
- If you have any flu-like symptoms, self-isolate from others to avoid spreading of the germs or virus.
Employer’s Role In Safeguarding Employee Health
From the employer’s perspective, the current COVID-19 situation could take a toll on the overall organizational productivity considering the cost of presenteeism and absenteeism, and the lost employee productivity due to direct infection or providing care for the family members, along with the rising healthcare costs.
At Wellness360, we offer digital solutions through our wellness platform to not just improve employee wellness and productivity, but boost employee engagement even during the remote working situations.
As a part of our workplace wellness initiatives, we offer wellness challenges, tips, and activities that help in making positive behavioral changes, aiming to reduce the health risks, including the COVID-19 pandemic.
Our wellness challenges focus on multiple wellness aspects including – nutrition, physical activity, stress management, and good lifestyle habits, all of which are simple and fun ways of enhancing immunity, making you healthier and help in beating any health threat.
So, if you are looking for best ways to improve your workplace health and keep your employees safe, strong, and engaged during this pandemic lockdown, Sign Up for our corporate wellness program.
Have your employees choose from the challenges that interest them, or assign the ones which you feel is suitable to your workforce, and create a positive culture of health for your employees, helping them achieve holistic wellness.