Tips for HRs to ensure smooth Return to Workplace post Labor Day
“No festival of martial glory or warrior’s renown is this; no pageant pomp of war-like conquest, no glory of fratricidal strife attend this day. It is dedicated to peace, civilization and the triumphs of industry. It is a demonstration of fraternity and the harbinger of a better age–a more chivalrous time, when labor shall be best honored and well rewarded” – Peter J. McGuire, speaking about Labor Day
It is September already and everyone is prepping to try and bounce back to normalcy. Any person in the U.S who belongs to the working class (almost all of us) is particularly excited about the first weekend of this month. Why? LABOR DAY WEEKEND! Yes, one whole holiday dedicated to the workers of America and their hard work. Now that most of us are working from home, living at home, and not even getting out of our homes, does that mean no labor day 2020? It doesn’t. This year, it holds even more value because of the fact that we need to take this time off and appreciate the efforts put in by each and every worker of the country while praying for all the workers who lost their jobs. Not just that, this is also the time when all the employers will get to the preparations for Safe Return to the Workplace, as most of us are planning to get back to work soon. With so much happening around us, we need to ensure that every single worker is taken care of when they go back to their workplace while the pandemic still has its wrath over the world.
Labor Day History and Fact – “Americans worked 12-hour days seven days a week during the 19th century! The Adamson Act was passed on September 3, 1916 to establish an eight-hour work day.”
So, how different would this years’ International Labor Day be for the HR department than the previous ones? This year will be more empathic and tech-backed with the employees being on the top of the priority list. There are a lot of things to do on Labor Day weekend but what should the HR do when they know the workforce is coming back soon?
Let us look at some of the things and ways to ensure a seamless, streamlined, yet safe return back to work methods –
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One of the is, “10,000 workers marched from City Hall all the way to 42nd Street and then met with their families in Wendel’s Elm Park for a picnic, concert, and speeches.” The present-day this would mean disaster if even a single person is a COVID-19 carrier. When you are planning for your workforce to return, take into consideration that there will be lunch breaks, smoke breaks, meetings, gatherings, which could ""
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