“Hear the yell. Back to school, ring the bell. Brand new shoes, walking blues. Climb the fence, books and pens.”-The White StripesThe school situation during the pandemic has complicated the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) scenarios. Has your business considered ways to accommodate families during this? This is a good time to proactively raise this issue with your employees. Take the time to ask them what their plans are. Do they need adjustments to their current schedule? Without making any promises, ask what they need from you.Some ideas have been remote work, job share, flex schedules, split or part-time shifts, child care subsidies in lieu of other benefits, or onsite childcare.Remote work has been a saving grace for many employees. Be sure you have work policies outlining when and how the work will be completed and a schedule will employees are expected to be accessible. Equipment needs to be signed for with an agreement on use and care. Outline what happens if equipment is not returned. Will the value be deducted from future paychecks?We are all in new territory and ‘back to school’ just doesn’t look the same this year. Being proactive and asking employees what they need will help start the conversation to outline new policies and procedures.
Fall Is Here
Posted on August 28, 2020