If you’ve been having your “Beers with Beshear” every day at 5:00PM, you know the governor is looking at how to get the state back to work in a responsible way. The Covid-19 crisis is far from over, and that means that as we slowly come out of lockdown, organizations, leaders and workers are going to have to find a “new normal” with safety at the forefront. Solarity wants to be a part of that, and I’m excited to be on the team.

 But what does our new normal look like? How can we get back to work and still protect ourselves and others? What “gotchas” do we need to be on the lookout for?

We’ve got some of those answers, and we’re sharing them in a free webinar I’ll be giving along with Bert Walther on May 7th.

It’s open to the public, and we encourage anyone interested to join. The truth is, it’s going to take a lot of people caring about one another on many different levels to get us through this, but I’m convinced we can do it. We just have to be smart. We have to be careful. We have to have a plan.

We’ll be covering a lot of material in a short amount of time, some things you’ve probably been wondering about and others that might not have crossed your mind. Here are some of the top agenda items:

  1. Phase 1 and Phase 2 Reopening. These are government mandated, and we’ll look at what they mean and what they mean for your business.

  2. 10 Rules for Phase 2 reopening. You are going to have to comply with these, so you’ll want to know them front, back and inside out.

  3. Questionnaires for returning workers. If you are bringing people back into the workplace, you’ll need to know if they are or have been sick, if they are high-risk and require accommodations, or if they have issues at home preventing them from coming back (i.e. children, vulnerable family members)

  4. Ingress and egress. Who is allowed to come into and go out of your workplace? How will that movement be managed?

  5. Physical distancing. Who needs to physically be in the office? How will you separate them? Can work-from-home and staggered schedules be implemented?

  6. Managing common areas. There are going to be some logistics involved when it comes to managing elevators, restrooms, break rooms, etc.

  7. Personal Protective Equipment. We’ll cover the PPE you’ll need to have on hand and where to get it.

  8. Sanitizing the workplace. What needs to be done to keep busy areas clean and who is going to do it?

  9. Policy updates. Oh yes. Your company will need to update policies with regards to the new norms and the consequences of noncompliance.

  10. Signage. What kind of signage will you need and where?

  11. Testing plans. Will you check temperatures? What happens when someone has a fever?

  12. Compliance. Now that you have all of these safety measures in place, how are you going to enforce them? What’s to stop three people from getting in the elevator together? Who is going to make sure the common areas are sanitized regularly? You may need to create a new position.

The list is long, but don’t let it intimidate you. Knowledge is power, and we are here to walk beside you on this journey. In the spirit of Governor Beshear, say it with me…

We can do this.

We can do it right.

We can do it together.

Click here to register for the webinar. I hope to see you there!

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If you would like more information on how to get back to work, remote working, or best practices to manage your projects or operations, email us at sales@solarity.com or give us a call at 888-272-4494.

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About the Authors

Renee Shepard,

Renee lives in Lexington with her husband, Pete, and two daughters, Coco and Stella and her dog, Jasper and cat, Glitter.  She received her graduate degree in Public Administration and an undergraduate degree in Landscape Architecture at the University of Kentucky.  She is co-owner of Graves Shepard Consulting, LLC; their focus is on capacity building, strategic initiatives, collation building and advocacy for both businesses  and nonprofits. Renee has served on many nonprofit boards and committees over the last 20 years serving in various leadership roles and is currently the Chair of Living Arts and Science Center. She also serves on Lexington’s Homelessness Prevention and Intervention Board and the Kentucky Child Advocacy Center Board.

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