On the fifth-sixth installment of Tristan’s Tips, our amazing host Tristan Layfield addresses a handful of work-related issues we should think about as we combat the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. He implores us to discuss corporate emergency policies with our employers, check our sick and paid off time totals, and wash our hands frequently. Make sure you listen to the full show to hear the rest of what Tristan has to say!
Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate?! It’s Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting, and I’m back to bring you another career tip. This week, we’ve had some crazy news coming out about the COVID-19 coronavirus and I wanted to discuss a couple of things that we should think about when it comes to work.
If you haven’t started discussing your company’s corporate emergency policies with your boss, you should definitely start initiating that conversation. Try to get clarity on work from home, sick, and internal communication policies so you know what your options are, how you can communicate with the organization, and how they will communicate any news to you.
When you get a moment, check your sick and paid time off totals. Many people have to self-isolate if they come into contact with the virus and according to new reports some companies are requiring people to use sick or paid time off during that time. Also, you’ll want to know how much time off you may have just in case you need to care of someone during this time.
If you do have to go into the office, make sure to wash your hands frequently. We’ve all seen those coworkers who go to the restroom and leave without a bit of soap or water touching those hands. To protect yourself, the CDC suggests that you wash your hands with soap and water for 20 secs or use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content, and avoid touching your face/nose as much as possible.
If you have children take the time to determine a contingency for childcare. Some daycares and schools may need to shut down while you still need to go to work, try to figure out an alternative childcare method just in case.
There’s also been many reports of large gatherings being canceled and more and more things closing during this time. So what I’ve been thinking about is preparing for disruption in my everyday life. So I’ve been refilling prescriptions, buying groceries, especially non-perishables, and getting some basic medicine like aspirin, Tylenol, NyQuil, and liquids. I’ve also been cutting back on non-essential travel just as a precaution.
I hope you find these tips helpful and that they make you feel a little more informed and prepared!
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