Employers should be doing more to protect their workers’ well-being as the COVID-19 outbreak continues.
Millions of working parents are bearing the brunt of the outbreak as they attempt to do their jobs while scrambling to find childcare options. Company leaders have been accommodating, offering many employees the option to work from home as the situation continues to unfold. But this isn’t enough.
Employees are worried about protecting their physical and mental health, as well as their parents’ and children’s well-being. And with conflicting information, constantly changing recommendations, and a healthcare system expected to buckle under demand, they’re looking to their company leadership for a sense of stability.
CEOs need to step to the plate and institute policies that will help our country “flatten the curve” as it relates to the number of COVID-19 cases and the availability of doctors for face-to-face medical consultations.
It’s not just about being a good boss. CEOs can lead the fight against the coronavirus that is expected to sicken tens of millions of Americans.
I’m a physician, and I’m speaking directly to company leaders. Here are five things to ensure you’re doing all you can toward the health and well-being of your employees:
1. BROADEN ACCESS TO HIGH-QUALITY CARE
As an employer, you have the means to remove the barriers to high-quality healthcare for your workers. But you need to account for the fact that fewer people today can visit their local doctor’s office or hospital. The CDC and WHO have been advising hospitals to offer telemedicine options, and you should do the same.
Telehealth is not the latest tech fad. It’s simply a new way to connect people with physicians. It’s also a necessity, as our hospitals and health systems will likely soon be pushed beyond their capacity. The standard of care when one moves to telehealth should remain the same—it’s just the delivery mechanism that has changed.