Ready2Return Conference: An In-Depth View of the Respond-Themed Sessions

Now that our Ready2Return conference has wrapped up, we’re excited to share some highlights from the Respond-themed day!

Respond-Themed Day: Highlights

Travis Vance of Fisher Phillips shared that of seven new policies and procedures that all organizations should implement to meet the challenges of COVID-19, the three that stand out are:

  • The specific questions to ask affected employees to ensure they adhere to OSHA recordkeeping and reporting protocols (e.g. assessing workplace conditions of affected employees).
  • The four actions required to follow protocol for confirmed and suspected cases (e.g. quarantine 6-15-48 employees).
  • The five key considerations following remote working protocols (e.g. corporate competitiveness and wage issues).

Kellie Hart of Intelex Solutions, ULC, who examined the three post-peak employee profiles, also shared these key employee-focused insights:

  • The key categories for employee stressors include economic, physical, mental and environment.
  • Mental health initiatives are critical to business continuity as seven in ten professionals are currently suffering from burnout.
  • An effective communication plan is vital for every stage of the response strategy

Samantha Sannella of Cushman and Wakefield, who shared her strategy to help organizations prepare their workplace facilities for a safe return, highlighted key considerations that are crucial for success:

  • The importance of incorporating short-term initiatives (e.g. the workforce preparation plan, workplace tech assessments and employee readiness plan) as well as long-term considerations (e.g. site selection and revised interior design).
  • Introducing employee engagement tools and apps.

June 9: Sessions at a Glance

The objective of the Respond-focused day was to present solutions that can be implemented and adopted quickly to adapt to changing conditions brought about by COVID-19 in a timely manner. The recommendations also focused on the importance of being agile and how and when to course correct.

Here’s an overview of the breakout sessions that took place:

Session NameSpeakerObjectiveVideo
The 7 New Policies & Procedures You Must Consider in the Post-Pandemic WorkplaceTravis Vance
Partner, Fisher Phillips
To examine the seven new policies and practices organizations should implement in order to effectively protect the long-term interests of their employees, contractors and customers.Click here to access video
Six Feet Apart: Managing Workplace Physical DistancingTom Ash
Global Account Director
To share best practices for setting up a distancing plan for the new “six feet apart” approach to workplace safety.Click here to access video
Preparing for the Three Employee Profiles in the Wake of COVID-19Kellie Hart
Vice President, Global HR Business Partners
Intelex Technologies & Industrial Scientific
To showcase the three post-pandemic peak worker profiles- specifically, indifferent, balanced, anxious. Also, to help people managers identify and respond to visible and non-visible behaviors indicating that additional support is required.Click here to access video
Preparing Workplace Facilities for a Safe ReturnSamantha Sannella, BFA ID, M ARCH
Managing Director, Strategic Consulting Canada
Cushman and Wakefield
To examine best practices in safety management, which are designed to address challenges within the current landscape.Click here to access video
Responding to COVID-19 Cases Within Your OrganizationBryden Waggott
SVP – EHSQ Solutions
Intelex Technologies, ULC.
To gain a holistic understanding of the effects COVID-19 in the workplace in order to effectively allocate resources, reduce risks and provide safer operating conditions.Click here to access video

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