Michigan’s Return-to-Office Workgroup Releases Recommendations for Transitioning to In-Person WorkApril 29, 2021
In addition to encouraging employers to be transparent and communicate frequently with employees on phased return-to-office plans, the workgroup’s key recommendations also include:
- Provide additional examples to help employers interpret and implement MIOSHA guidance.
- Consider addressing additional questions including:
- Mentoring and training of employees.
- Task-based work functions (e.g., some work in-person, some remote).
- Clarify employer’s ability to update the policy as needed and recognize changing conditions.
- Consider individual feasibility based on an employee’s ability to successfully complete their functions remotely (e.g., classification may be remote, but individually employee either struggles or does not have the tools/ability to function remotely).
- Consider collaboration and team functions.
- Consider employee well-being/mental health.
- Consider communicating that more in-person work is permitted.
- Provide ongoing updates to the Nov. 6 guidance as necessary and regularly to reflect current trends of vaccination and infection.
Employers – Reducing Office Density:
- Focus on task-based collaboration and specific needs for in-person work while allowing other tasks and teamwork to be completed remotely when feasible.
- Consider utilizing hybrid work strategies to promote social distancing.
Employers – Addressing Operational Obstacles:
- Daily Health Screenings – stagger entry times to avoid congregation at screening checkpoints, consider using screening apps to provide prior to entry.
- Entry/exit through common entrances and elevators – stagger start and end times as practical to avoid congregation.
Employers – Quarantine, Isolation, and Testing Guidelines:
- Ensure policy clearly articulates the ability of employees to quarantine/isolate/test without risk of job loss.
- Promote the use of sick leave tax credits available for employers with 500 or fewer employees to provide paid leave.
Employers – Caregiving Resources for Employees:
- Establish a return policy that provides employees with caregiving obligations to continue remote work regardless of the cohort group returning, including caregiving of immuno-compromised persons.
- Promote the use of family leave tax credits available for employers with 500 or fewer employees to provide paid leave.
Employers – Vaccines:
- Provide up-to-date information to employees on the vaccines.
- Provide links to vaccination sites/sign-up information.
- Consider partnering where possible with local public health to offer on-site vaccination.
- Add COVID-19 vaccination to existing wellness programs and benchmarks.
Learn more at Michigan.gov/COVIDWorkplaceSafety.