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Takeaways from September Ask Me Anything Series

Thursday, September 10, 2020   (0 Comments)
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COVID and Flu Season, Remote Worker Employee Agreements, Preparing for the Future, and Adding Masks to Your Dress Code


Each month, AAOE is hosting an Ask Me Anything Series where attorneys and consultants answer your questions to help you stay on top of the ever-evolving COVID-19 climate. It’s a safe space where you can come together with your peers to get the information you need, hear what other practices are doing, and sometimes just connect with the only people who understand what you’re going through.


The September call tackled several hot topics. We’re providing the top takeaways below.


As Mental Health Awareness Week approaches (October 4 – 10), it’s important to remind staff of the resources available to them through their benefits. Even better is if you can take it one step further by partnering with a mental health provider in your network and providing their contact information to staff to make it even easier for them to seek help if needed.


Flu season is swiftly approaching and COVID isn’t going away anytime soon. Encourage staff to get the flu vaccine, remind them if they’re sick to stay home, and formalize your decision tree to determine when it’s safe for an employee to come back based on their illness/symptoms.


Remote work also isn’t going away anytime soon, and if you haven’t already, you need to have measures in place to ensure security and productivity. Clearly communicate requirements and expectations (including things like hours worked and keeping tasks on track), and explain how employees will track those measures. Compliance training is key to ensuring security and mitigating risk. Staff should receive ongoing training and reminders for keeping their technology secure.


“Never waste a crisis.” Start planning for 2021 to truly understand the position your practice is in. Take inventory of your processes and where you can reduce inefficiency. Try to separate the things that you can control versus the things you can’t, and don’t waste unnecessary energy on the latter.


Time for a dress code update? The dress code has met a new match: the mask. A great option is providing branding masks for your employees to provide consistency. As a bonus, when your employees are at the grocery store or running errands after work, you’ll get free marketing!


Join us for the next Ask Me Anything call taking place October 1! Register here and submit your questions here.

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