Nothing in our recent history could have prepared us for the impact that COVID-19 would make on our lives, our livelihoods, our businesses and our communities. In mid-March, keeping people safe from a deadly virus became a serious and concerted nationwide effort. Business travel all but stopped, businesses that could move work from offices to workers’ homes did, and the words “essential workers” became an understood and revered part of our lexicon.
Several months later, the number of people diagnosed with COVI-19 continues to be counted and the number of Americans lost to the virus is something we cannot truly comprehend. Our lives are forever changed by the events and the immediate changes that unfolded around us.
In many states, experts monitoring the data see trendlines pointing to a positive pattern that will allow restrictions to be lifted. And as states begin to reopen, businesses are eager to get back to normal – or what will be the “new normal.”
In doing so, it’s vital for businesses to plan for the safety and security of their employees and their clients. The process will likely be gradual – and it needs to be strategic. Policies and procedures implemented now will work to keep people safe and healthy as they move back into their offices, warehouses, storefronts and other places of business.
Businesses are instituting numerous Coronavirus precautions as they get people back to work, These are based, in great part, on local state and federal rules and CDC guidelines, and can include:
Gradual Phasing-in of Staff & Reopening of Buildings & Workspaces
Symptom Monitoring & Voluntary Removal of Individuals that are Showing Signs and Symptoms of COVID-19:
Expanded and Extensive Disinfection of Surfaces
COVID-19 Testing & Antibody Testing
Personal Safety Interventions, including mandatory or recommended implementation of:
applya’s business model supports the changing environment of America’s return to work strategies. We have combined the thought leadership of corporate, government and private business with applya’s strong position in servicing the screening, testing, health and training needs of companies throughout the country to build a strategic approach to helping our clients reopen safely.
Based on guidance from the CDC, OSHA, the Bureau of Labor, and the state governments, applya has identified 4 key elements that need to be addressed for a safe, effective return to work strategy.
The first stage is preparation, which includes:
Policy– within this unique, new work environment, updated policy must be designed and thoroughly communicated.
Training– web-based training allows for ongoing instruction to assist your workforce – to reinforce safety, including management and communication of expected shifts in behavior.
The second stage is Execution, including:
Screening– correctly determining what screening tools are available within a virtual work environment and, locally, social distancing while managing the screening process for personnel.
Ordering and tracking– determining how to order testing and tracking the progress of the workforce; providing applicant tools to assist
With partner integrations and applya technology, we are uniquely positioned to help with all 4 of these needs.
applya’s pre-qualified vendor program is a comprehensive solution of fulfillment partners with an easy-to-use, secure technology platform. Our trusted vendors are thoroughly vetted prior to entering our marketplace.
With applya, a business can add or adjust screening vendors without additional integrations. Businesses only integrate once. That means that there’s no delay or complication as the needs of the business changes. This provides flexibility to adjust one’s model based on market conditions, including the ever-evolving return to work environment.
As an example, many companies’ return-to-work policies will require ongoing antibody testing. As COVID-19 testing continues to mature and additional screening providers enter the marketplace, applya will vet and integrate these vendors for its clients – providing Choice and FLEXIBLITY.
All of the above screenings can be ordered, scheduled, and viewed by your organization through applya technology.
applya’s seamless integration of partners’ technology platforms allows hiring managers to streamline the entire employment screening and hiring process.
All testing, compliance and hiring information is stored in in an easy-to-use, portable dashboard. This structure can provide comprehensive screening and credentialing for your return to work strategies and beyond.
Businesses can activate those elements of the credentialing process that they need, based on where they are in the return to work transition process.
From your applya dashboard:
Applicants are able to view, store and track their credentialing through our mobile-optimized technology and establish customized notifications based on your company’s policy and procedures.
Call applya today to learn how we can help get your company’s employees back to the workplace safely and keep them there with screening, monitoring, and credentialing.