We recognize that every employee has unique and strongly-held thoughts and experiences related to returning to work. The only constant is that everyone feels a certain amount of stress from sheltering in place the last several months. Added to that stress is the uncertainty of the foreseeable future and what it will bring.
It is important to remember that a critical part of moving
through these difficult times is engaging in activities that were previously routine,
including returning to work on a regular basis.
We look forward to helping all of our employees with that process by
opening our doors for employees. However,
we are not insensitive to the anxiety that doing so may cause for many. For this reason, we have compiled a list of
anticipated questions that employees may have as they return to work.
I am afraid to come
back to work. May I hold off on
returning for a little while longer?
While we respect the concerns that employees may have about returning to the workplace, we put safety protocols in place to do our best to ensure it is as safe as possible. We therefore expect that employees will return to work and comply with the safety protocols that we have communicated. However, if you have a health condition that puts you at a higher risk of medical issues than the general population, please contact human resources to discuss your specific situation. Employees who do not return to work without approval will be considered to have voluntarily abandoned their employment.
What if I have a
family member living with me who has compromised health? I am nervous about coming back to work. What do I do?
Again, the expectation
is that all employees return to work, absent special circumstances. If you have genuine concerns about returning
to work because of health concerns for others in your household, communicate
with human resources. There is no
guarantee that you will be able to work from home. However, human resources
will communicate with you about your unique situation.
What if I see a co-worker that refuses to social distance or wear a face covering while I’m at work? What do I do?
As employees come back to work, there will be an adjustment period while workers get used to new requirements that they’ve never had to be accustomed to before. Employees may forget to put their face covering on as they step away from their desk to grab a document off the printer or similar. However, if there are individuals who are consistently or willfully defiant in complying with the safety protocols put in place, you should report that to human resources.
How long will this uncomfortableness last? I enjoyed coming to work due to the company of my co-workers. All of these new requirements make coming to work unpleasant.
Unfortunately, no one can be certain when we will be back to normal operations without face coverings, social distancing, etc. We know that it will be a while, but that returning to work with these protocols is likely a step in the right direction to getting us back to “normal.” While no one will dispute it is all uncomfortable, we are confident it will not take long before everyone is at least a little more at ease. We encourage everyone to focus on being positive for each other. Doing so supports your co-workers who are struggling as much as you are. Having a positive attitude will always make the difficult a little less difficult.
I have health insurance through the ESC. Will my plan cover a COVID-19 test?
Charges for a COVID-19 test are covered under the plan at 100 percent (visit Allied Benefits Systems for more information). Please keep in mind that Teladoc also is available for your health needs.
I have health insurance through the ESC. Is treatment for COVID-19 covered under my plan?
Charges for the treatment of COVID-19 and related conditions are covered the same as any other illness under the plan. Deductibles and/or co-insurance would apply the same as any illness depending on your specific plan (visit Allied Benefits Systems for more information). Please keep in mind that Teladoc also is available for your health needs.
I don't have health insurance through the ESC. Will I be covered for a COVID-19-related illness and treatment?
If you do not have an ESC healthcare plan, please check with your healthcare provider to determine coverage.