Association Management: COVID-19 and Human Resources

My Post (11)The Center for Disease Control recently shared interim strategies for employers to use to manage the COVID-19 impact on their businesses.

The relevance of strategies to associations is two-fold: It is a starting point for internal management and serves as a resource for associations to share with their members.

We have included some of the suggestions below. Please visit the CDC website for the full article.

  • Actively encourage sick employees to stay home:
    • Employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness are recommended to stay home.
    • Ensure that your sick leave policies are flexible and consistent with public health guidance and that employees are aware of these policies.
    • Do not require a healthcare provider’s note for employees who are sick with acute respiratory illness to validate their illness or to return to work.
    • Maintain flexible policies that permit employees to stay home to care for a sick family member.
  • Separate sick employees:
    • Employees who appear to have acute respiratory illness symptoms (i.e. cough, shortness of breath) upon arrival to work or become sick during the day should be separated from other employees and sent home immediately
  • Emphasize staying home when sick, respiratory etiquette and hand hygiene by all employees:
    • Place posters that encourage staying home when sick, cough and sneeze etiquette, and hand hygiene in workplace areas where they are likely to be seen.
    • Provide tissues and no-touch disposal receptacles for use by employees.
    • Instruct employees to clean their hands often.
    • Provide soap and water and alcohol-based hand rubs in the workplace. Ensure that adequate supplies are maintained and available in multiple locations.
  • Perform routine environmental cleaning:
    • Routinely clean all frequently touched surfaces in the workplace, such as workstations, countertops, and doorknobs.
    • Provide disposable wipes so that commonly used surfaces (for example, doorknobs, keyboards, remote controls, desks) can be wiped down by employees before each use.

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5 Tips for Virtual Meeting Newbies

My Post (14).pngNow, more than ever, to maintain a sense of connection even while being physically isolated, associations need to take advantage of technology to engage with co-workers and members.

Like most associations, you are likely evaluating upcoming meetings and events to identify those that can be facilitated virtually so you can continue to provide valuable information and member benefits.

If you’re new to hosting virtual meetings, chats, or events, here are five quick tips:

1. Select a virtual conference tool that will work for your needs. Consider the cost, features (e.g., video, recording, screen sharing, and chat options), ease of use, and fit for your meeting types (e.g., number of participants, length of sessions, formal/informal presentations).

2. Use video. Right now, as we are more isolated, we are craving human interaction. Video conferencing encourages increased engagement and makes the meeting feel more collaborative.

3. Optimize your audio. Consider using a headset to limit background noise. Ask everyone to mute unless speaking to reduce the sound of the garbage truck or Fido. For large meetings or events, the organizer should mute all participants beyond speakers. Use the hand raise or chat features to handle questions. – Read more

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