*Updated from March 2020 but this is good info!
It's cold season again and it may seem like everyone around us is sick, and we're still dealing with COVID-19 concerns. The headlines say its just going to continue to be an issue for awhile. So let’s stay on top of it!
Here is what Nonprofit Network is still doing to help keep employees – and you – from getting sick.
First – we have a generous PTO plan and policy and a culture that allows staff to stay home when they are sick. We also have a work from home policy. For an example see our Policy & Agreement.
We disinfect our offices daily – we wipe down our desks, shared tables, computer keyboards, mouses, desk phones, cell phones, light switches, pens, and door knobs (interior & exterior). We also work from home one day, while someone else works from the office and rotate that schedule.
For our workshops, we have re-scheduled all events to an online platform. We use Zoom, Go To Meeting, Face Time, Skype, Google Hangouts, Microsoft Office Teams and What's App to name a few.
For smaller workshops if you choose to be in person (10 participants or less) you should arrive early, wear a mask, have extra masks, have tissues on hand, disinfect and wipe down tables, pens, shared computer equipment, door knobs and keep sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available for your guests. Then again wipe down these spaces before you leave and wash your hands often!
It has always been recommended that you wash your hands regularly, for at least 20 seconds. While hand sanitizer kills the germs, they remain upon your hands until they are washed away with plenty of soap and warm water. Keep tissues and wipes with you. Wear a mask. Cover your cough, don't touch your face, wipe down shopping cart handles and avoid touching public doors with your hands (use elbows when you can). Avoid sick people, and if you are sick or have respiratory symptoms, stay home. Access online services or call over the phone when you can. Avoid close contact and try and maintain a 6 foot perimeter from others. Avoid handshakes, try a elbow-bump, or a big warm smile instead.
Now, let’s talk about the populations you serve or your employees that might need additional help during these times.
Remember that vulnerable populations will experience this crisis disproportionately. Those who live in or on the verge of poverty will not be able to accommodate a decrease in pay, a decrease in hours, or an increase in expenses. We know that some items are in short supply at the grocery store or now much more expensive. Consider how you might help in these circumstances.
Were you aware that many children receive breakfast and lunch at school. If elementary, middle and high schools close, many children will go without regular meals. Our amazing schools, food pantries and social services generously stepped up their support to accommodate these families.
Wondering how are communities are doing? NN is hosting a "Checking Blind Spots" Leadership and Support Staff monthly call at no cost.
We got this!
And remember... Drink water, boost your vitamin C and remember zinc rich foods like red-meat, poultry, beans and nuts. While "C" may be the super vitamin for colds, then Zinc is the super mineral!
Additional resources: NN's COVID-19 page
What did we miss? What are you doing to keep yourself, your employees and your clients healthy during this "germy" season? We'd love to hear from you! Info@NonprofNetwork.org
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