NEW CDC Quarantine Guidelines
Taking a Shot at Avoiding Quarantine
(and COVID-19!)

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is important to stay up-to-date with the latest guidance from the CDC. On February 10, 2021, the CDC released new guidance for the general public regarding mask-wearing and quarantining for individuals who have received both doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. This new guidance is important for employers whose employees are working in-person and for employers in certain industries who may have fully-vaccinated employees.

Communicating with Employees
About COVID-19 Vaccines

Employee vaccination should be driven by transparent communication and facts. As employers develop their COVID-19 vaccination plans, employee communication will play a pivotal role in the plan coming to life in the workplace. Employers should consider sharing the following information with employees:

General COVID-19 vaccine information -
  • Overview of available vaccines and their differences
  • Facts and myths about the vaccine
  • How vaccines work
  • Benefits
  • Efficacy and safety
  • Possible side effects

Additional information should include -       
  1. Vaccination timelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), including distribution phases for targeted groups and the general public
  2. Vaccination timelines for the organization
  3. Organization vaccination policy
  4. Vaccination sites (whether at authorized clinics and pharmacies, or on-site)
  5. Vaccination costs (including potential paid time off for getting vaccinated or recovering from any side effects)
  6. Workplace COVID-19 safety precautions or protocols, such as continuing to wear a mask and avoiding close contact in the workplace
  7. Educational resources to learn more about COVID-19 vaccines

More information can be found HERE

The New Shape of Work is Flexibility for All

In the wake of school and workplace closures and family health concerns brought about by COVID-19, employers and employees have had to experiment with new ways of working flexibly.

For the most part, this experiment, though forced, has been a surprising success. COVID-19 has opened employers eyes to their workforce's adaptability.

3 Recruiting Trends to Watch in 2021
Recruiting has never been simple, and the COVID-19 pandemic is complicating matters even more. In this rapidly changing landscape, employers need to adapt if they want to attract and retain quality talent.

To better prepare for this rapidly changing landscape, the following are some recruiting practice trends employers should monitor in 2021:

FIRST - Looking Inward for Talent

SECOND - Leveraging Technology

THIRD - Leading by Example

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