4 Tips to Prepare for the Unexpected

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4 Tips to Prepare for the Unexpected

As we head into National Preparedness Month, it’s timely to reevaluate your return-to-work and return-to-school plans when it comes to safety for yourself, your team and the students in your life.

National Preparedness Month spotlights the essential need for planning to ensure you, your teams at work and your family are prepared for disasters. While the first things that come to mind when it comes to disasters may be hurricanes or earthquakes (and these disasters are incredibly important to plan for), we also need to incorporate continual planning to help us get through the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everyone has been affected by the pandemic in some fashion, for many of us, two commonalities we have are how we’re returning to work and how our children are returning to school. Even if you’ve already entered your “new normal,” you still may want to consider the following to help keep you, your teams and the students in your life safe and well.

Have a readiness plan in place. This plan isn't just to get ready to go back to work or school, but also to keep you ready for different outcomes including changes in required protocols by local authorities and how to adopt to time and shift changes for both work and school. You should also developo a plan in case someone in your home becomes ill or if closures happen again.

Set up an ergonomically correct workspace. This is applicable to anyone who needs desk space to work or learn – whether that’s back in the office or at school or in your new setting – at home. To avoid discomforts like carpal tunnel, headaches from eye strain and tennis elbow, setting up an efficient workspace is imperative.

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Create a plan for workplace cleanliness. This sounds like a no-brainer, but as we try to move beyond the pandemic, we all must do our part to help curb the spread of germs on shared surfaces.

Stay active. We know this is much easier said than done, but simple movements throughout the day can help not just with physical health but also mental health, which may help with refocusing after a much-needed break.

We know you’re hearing it everywhere, but it’s true – we’re all in this together. If you need some help putting a plan together for your team at work, let us know – we are glad to set a consultation to learn more about your specific needs.

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