The past four-plus months have been anything but stress-free. People have been either working in potentially hazardous environments where they could be exposed to COVID-19, or they have been adjusting to working from home (often without the technology to do it effectively), or are have been laid off or furloughed (or or worried about it). Now that businesses are re-opening and people are returning to their workplaces, the one thing that should be on every business leader’s mind today is, “How do we protect our employees, customers, and their families?”
Given what we’ve seen happen across the country, without appropriate planning, protocols and technology, that is an unattainable goal. But, it’s critical to business success. Not only will business suffer if groups of employees contract the virus, but workers will be distracted and less productive if they aren’t assured they are working under safe conditions.
For many companies, that includes employee testing before they are allowed to return to their workplaces. But for anyone who is exhibiting symptoms or has been in close proximity to anyone who has tested positive, testing is the logical next step. The problem is getting access to testing – that’s been one of the biggest problems facing the U.S. throughout the pandemic. Most people probably aren’t even sure of how or where to get tested.
Even with other solutions in place – temperature screening, sanitization tracking, distance monitoring, people counting, contact tracing, etc. – it’s inevitable that someone is going to show symptoms or contract COVID-19. Expediency becomes critical to containing its spread, and the faster workers are able to get tested, the sooner they are able to seek treatment, quarantine themselves, and return to the workplace safely.
Background identity services provider Sterling is trying to help by taking much of the burden from employers and their employees. It has launched a new COVID-19 testing program more easily re-open and provide safe environments. The managed end-to-end program is customizable to meet the needs of any business, so they can to fit the unique scenarios that companies across the United States are experiencing as they seek to create safe work environments for their employees, customers, and communities, and instill confidence in their businesses and brands.
Sterling’s program includes:
- Tailored programs and services that fit specific business needs and requirements;
- A centralized, tech-enabled solution to administer and manage testing programs with ease;
- Long-standing relationships with industry-leading lab partners;
- Broad program coverage across the workplace—including employees, contractors, and partners;
- Access to the latest, high-quality COVID-19 health testing solutions as they evolve and continue coming to market;
- Ensure compliance and alignment with company values and protocols.
Through its program, Sterling manages requisitioning of tests, working with employees to register for their tests along with associated consent forms, delivery of test results to employers, and providing aggregate reporting to help employers understand the overall impact and effectiveness of their COVID-19 strategies.
Though there are countless tools already available to help businesses monitor and manage their COVID-19 protocols, none of them can guarantee safety. That’s why a managed testing program is needed to limit future disruption and, combined with other solutions, give employees the peace of mind that, should they catch the virus – like more than 4 million Americans have – they have access to the medical support they will need.