Proper Vaccine Protocol for Your Workplace
There are a lot of things employers are having to navigate that they’ve never had to deal with before. Namely, companies are now faced with the responsibility of promoting employee health and even ensuring it. Depending on your industry, you may need to consider what the proper vaccine protocol for your workplace should be.
Offer Free On-Site Flu Vaccinations
Many people miss their flu shot because it simply isn’t convenient. If your company can afford to do so, offer a free on-site clinic for your employees to get their flu shots. Share the date and time of the clinic with your employees so they can be prepared. This gives your staff the opportunity to get the vaccine free-of-cost and also ensure your team stays healthy through flu season.
Even if you can’t provide a free on-site clinic, you should encourage your staff to get vaccinated and offer information about community resources. There are often numerous clinics, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies that provide free flu vaccinations each year. Research what is available within the community your business is located in. Be sure to also share the benefits of vaccines with your employees, such as improved health and morale, as well.
Urge Your Leaders to Set Good Examples
Encourage the management teams and leadership within the business to get their flu vaccine. Setting a good example will urge the rest of the team to do the same. Having your whole team get vaccinated will reduce the number of sick days taken and improve overall productivity.
Display Information Throughout the Workplace
Hang flyers and other information throughout the workplace about health and safety. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has plenty of resources for employers to share with their staff on the government agency website. These reminders will help encourage your team to stay healthy and take proactive measures.
Share Articles and Events Through Company Communication
Use social media and other shared company communication to share articles and resources about vaccinations. This can be everything from CDC-approved materials to information about flu vaccine clinics in the community.
Most people are on social media these days, so communicating important information that way is typically effective. However, if your employees don’t use social media to interact with your company, you will want to use the medium they use. Some businesses, for instance, communicate with their teams through message boards, like Slack. This may be the best way for you to share information with your team.
Provide Proper Human Resources Assistance
Last, but not least, be sure your employees have the resources available to them that they need. For instance, you should be flexible with your employees if they need to leave the office to get a flu shot or other vaccine. Allow a few hours time to get this done. Establish human resources policies that make them feel comfortable doing so.
The Bradley Group has a team of professionals that can help you with your staffing needs. Contact us to see how we can assist you during this season and beyond.