How to Prevent COVID-19 from Taking Over Your Contracting Business

It seems like the pandemic is here to stay, at least for the next several months. As a contracting business owner, there are ways you can minimize its impact. Follow these tips to prevent spread and ensure that your workers are as healthy as possible.

Make It Easy to Get Vaccinated
One of the best ways to minimize the spread and severity of COVID-19 is to ensure that everyone in your company has the opportunity to get vaccinated. The ability to get the vaccine can be different for various groups of people, especially those who are afraid to take time off to get the vaccine or deal with any possible side effects. You can simplify the process by emphasizing the importance of getting the vaccine, and offering flexibility to employees when they get it. Although not everyone has to deal with side effects, the knowledge that they can do so without putting their jobs at risk may serve as its own incentive.

Create a Common-Sense Sick Leave Policy
More than anything, you want to give your workers the opportunity to stay home when they are sick with something contagious. Even if you aren’t worried about COVID-19 spreading on the job site, there are a wide variety of possible viruses that can negatively affect you or your employees. As such, if you or someone you work with has a bad cold or influenza, it’s a good idea if they have the opportunity to rest up during the worst days. Obviously, you can’t have people calling in sick every other day. But their ability to stay home when they can’t stop sneezing or coughing will help keep you healthier and on the job, as well.

Promote Hygiene
As the pandemic progressed, experts started to learn that COVID-19 is less likely to spread via contact with items. That’s why most people stopped wiping down their groceries after they got home from the store. However, hygiene is still a major factor in preventing the spread of disease. People should be able to cover a cough or a sneeze and have the opportunity to wash their hands quickly afterward. They will be much more likely to do so if you make washing facilities readily available. Be sure to stock up on supplies like:

A few minutes of checking on these supplies each day can go a long way toward making sure that people use them.

Look for Community Resources
When a pandemic is raging, communities often maintain a high level of interest in ensuring that the public is healthy. As such, as a small business owner, you may have access to certain types of community resources to assist. For example, if you’re trying to assist certain employees in getting access to healthcare, you can help them look for free or low-cost services in their area. If you need access to PPE for your workplace, like masks, you can see if there are any organizations in your area or programs to provide them to small businesses. This can help you protect your workers at a time when the supply chain may make access to certain things more complicated.

Focus on the Long Haul
Many experts are starting to say that COVID-19 will eventually become something that is endemic, not unlike the cold or flu. That means that you may see it come up several times in your business over the next few years. It’s hard to be sure, but it’s not a bad idea to start planning ahead. Start thinking about ways that you can incorporate disease-prevention measures into your business that have nothing to do with the state of the pandemic. That way, if you’re caught in a particularly bad year for the flu or COVID-19, you’ll already have processes in place to help you manage it.

Managing COVID-19 has been a complicated job, but pretty much every small business is going to have to do it. Being the chief decision-maker is one of the reasons to become a licensed contractor in the first place. For more tips on getting your contractor license, contact CSLS today!