5 Things You Should Know About Returning to Work After a Disaster: A blog about tips for returning to work after a natural disaster.
While we all hope that our homes and businesses are safe from natural disasters, the reality is that many parts of the country have been affected by hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, fires and tornadoes. When you’re ready to return to work after a disaster, here are five things you should know.
1. Workplace Safety Is Your Employer’s Responsibility
2. Workers Have Rights Under the Family Medical Leave Act
3. Workers Compensation May Be Available for Injuries Related to Natural Disasters
4. Your Employer Cannot Discriminate Against You Because of a Natural Disaster
5. The Federal Employee Compensation Act Provides Benefits For Employees Affected by Natural Disasters
Please take a moment to read the following tips on returning to work after a natural disaster.
5 Things You Should Know About Returning to Work After a Disaster
1. You can expect some resistance from employees who live in impacted areas. An employee may be hesitant to return to work due to concerns over damage to his or her home or other personal hardships. If an employee is unable to return due to the damage, your office may be able to allow him or her to telecommute or take leave until the damages have been repaired. Your office may also be able to assist with finding temporary housing for an employee who has been displaced. Be sure that you are familiar with any policies that your office has in place for this type of situation, and communicate them clearly and consistently with all employees.
2. Don’t micromanage employees who do return. While it is important for leadership to check in with employees regularly and make sure they are feeling supported and ready to work, resist the urge to micro-manage the employees who return after a disaster. Employees will want reassurance that their jobs are secure, but they also want some autonomy and space, particularly if they have suffered a personal loss as a result of the disaster, such as losing
When a natural disaster strikes, there is often significant damage to an area’s businesses. Obviously, the priority during this time is on the safety and well-being of employees and their families. However, as soon as it is safe and practical to do so, employers must begin the process of getting their businesses back up and running. This can be a daunting task with many factors to consider. Here are some things you should know about returning to work after a natural disaster:
1. Assess the Situation
Employers will have to assess the physical damage and loss of functionality that has occurred in their workplaces. They will also have to consider whether or not they will have access to utilities, including electricity, and if they will be able to communicate with customers and suppliers.
2. Rebuild Your Workforce
After employees’ personal situations are stabilized, employers will need to get their staff back into the workplace. It may be necessary for some employees to work from home for a period of time until electricity and other utilities are restored in the building or until repairs are completed. Employees who had been displaced from their homes may prefer to stay at a hotel near the office rather than commuting from afar until they can return home permanently.
3. Get Back in Business
As the 2017 hurricane season draws to a close, many of us are still dealing with the fallout from its destructive storms. Millions of families in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico and other U.S. territories were impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and have had to rebuild their lives and livelihoods in the months since.
In addition to the physical damage caused by these devastating storms, employers across these regions continue to struggle with how to support affected employees. According to the Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 1 million workers in Texas and Florida lost wages due to these hurricanes.1 With so many employees returning back to work after a natural disaster – or even starting new jobs – it’s important for employers to be aware of how they can help ease the transition.
Here are five things your company should know about returning to work after a disaster:
1. It takes time for employees to get back on their feet
2. Open communication is key
3. Helping employees get back on track with savings goals can make a big difference
4. Employers can support employees who are relocating for work or helping family members do so
5. Employers can offer tuition assistance for career-related courses
1. You may experience a variety of emotions upon returning to work after a disaster. Be prepared for the reality that the workplace itself may have been damaged and is therefore not the same. Consider the following:
* Your building may be open but with limited electricity, water, or heat/air conditioning.
* Some co-workers may have been injured during the disaster, so you will see them in unusual locations, such as hallways or outdoor spaces.
* The employees who appear most traumatized by the disaster may be those who have sustained damage to their homes, which are not in sight. Their families and homes are now displaced and/or destroyed.
It is important during times like these to remember that we all respond and cope differently to disasters and traumatic events. The important thing is to take care of yourself so that you can be there for others when they need it.
2. There is no right or wrong way to feel after a disaster, but it is important to recognize that you are experiencing trauma and stress. It can negatively affect your health, so it is critical that you allow yourself to process this event while at work and outside of work as well. You should seek professional help if you continue to experience thoughts or feelings surrounding the event (e.
As you know, our company was recently affected by Hurricane Katrina. This has been a difficult time for many of you, and I hope that you are all safe, healthy and recovering nicely.
I would like to remind you of the following points as you return to work:
Employees who were directly affected by the hurricane may be eligible for up to 60 days paid leave. Please see me if you believe this applies to your situation.
Human Resources is offering free counseling services for employees who need assistance coping with this disaster. You or your family members may call 1-800-843-7477 at any time.
If possible, please carpool with other employees. Our parking lot is still under repair, so there are only 30 parking spaces available until further notice.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me directly at extension 56789 or by e-mail at [email protected]
The world has changed in the last few weeks, and we are all adjusting to new ways of working.
This post is for our customers returning to work as they adjust to a new normal, with some important things to note as you navigate this new terrain.
Working from home?
If you’ve been asked to work from home, follow these steps to get back up and running.
1. Check your email: First things first – check your email to see if there are any instructions or updates from your workplace about returning to work. If you’re working from home, check if any additional security measures are required.
2. Set up your remote access: If you’re planning on working remotely, make sure you have the right tools to do so. Most companies will already have a VPN set up for remote access – if not, contact your IT administrator for more information.
3. Get back online: You should be good to login and get started – but check with your IT administrator or supervisor just in case there are any additional steps required.
4. Stay up-to-date: Once you’re back online, be sure to check through emails, and review any internal documentation or forums that may contain updates that apply while you were away.