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Return to Work App Best Practices

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For many HR leaders in organizations facing great operational losses, an employee return plan is top of mind.  Ensuring employee safety is paramount while you develop a return to work program. As you explore solutions to help bring your team back to work during COVID-19, we recommend ensuring the developers of your return to work app follow these best practices.

daily health screening return to work app

Return to work apps need to be easy to use

A good return to work app prioritizes user experience and empowers employees to utilize the app to maintain a safe working environment. Daily screening apps are most effective when people fill out the survey every single day they report to work. The app should remind users to fill out their daily health screening.  A straightforward, easy-to-use application encourages compliance with company policies. When the app is simple to use, your team won’t mind incorporating it into their workday.

Comply with the latest safety guidelines 

The ideal return to work app allows administrators to customize survey questions according to CDC, OSHA, state, and local health and safety policies, as well as industry standards. Employees returning to work need to know that their company is taking adequate measures to keep them safe. Our standard screening questions are reviewed and updated by our Chief Medical Officer to stay ahead of CDC’s latest guidance and keep employees safe. Companies should opt for a custom screener that allows them to update the screening questions according to the latest local, state, and federal guidelines.

For an effective return to the workplace, employees must feel comfortable with the technology they are using to report their symptoms. Having an app that prompts screening and makes it easy to log close contacts is the best way to get ahead of the disease. 

The app should balance needs of privacy with safety

When we consider the application from the user’s perspective it is paramount to take into account privacy. The solution should make it easy for you to comply and track all necessary information, while also taking a pragmatic approach to user privacy and security. 

Users need to know that their information is secure if they are going to trust it. They want to know that the tracking data is confined to the workplace and that it is clear how their contact tracing and screening data will be used. 

When it comes to data protection, privacy, & security measures, look out for the following keywords to ensure your application is following best practices and industry standards. 

HIPAA Compliant
AICPA SOC2 Certification
NIST Security Framework
Cloud Security Alliance (CSA)
CAIQ v 3.1

Does the app keep track of workplace immunity?

As we wait for widespread vaccine coverage, how will you keep track of who is vaccinated and gage interest in adoption? It is important to track vaccination status and type amongst your workforce to guard against uncertainties surrounding the vaccines long-term efficacy as well as efficacy against the new variants.

Resources to help you develop a return to work plan

We are living in unprecedented times, HR leaders are charged with the task of keeping employees safe amidst a pandemic where obstacles are constantly changing. As new, highly transmissible variants emerge, it is imperative that businesses have a strong return to work plan to prevent outbreaks. Check out our Checklist for Return to Work Infectious Disease Management to ensure your solution allows you to maintain business continuity and keep a COVID-free workplace. 

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