REDUCING EMPLOYEE’S COVID PUBLIC TRANSPORT FEARS
Updated: May 16
Workers are concerned about contracting COVID-19 if they use public transport to get to work, preferring to work from home than commuting to work. As governments begin to lift lockdown restrictions more and more people currently working from home will have to return to work which will mean commuting to work again. The issue is not all jobs are suitable for working from home and therefore, many employees will have to return to work.
As we start to digest the idea that we have to co-exist with COVID-19 until medication or a vaccine found, the reality is that this will mean using public transport particularly for those without personal transportation. So, how do employers and the human resource departments (HR) address these concerns? The first point of action is to develop a strategy to return employees to work safely. This “return to work safely plan” should include a section on how employees can safely transit from home to work and vice-versa.
I decided to look at some of the options available and how employers can reduce the risk of an employee’s contracting COVID-19 whilst travelling by public transport to work.