The post Covid-19 workplace – Coping with the new normal (3-part series)
Part 3: Financial Health
This third part of the post COVID-19 workplace takes a look at how to support your employees’ financial health.
Financial health is most affected by employees thinking they cannot afford to be home sick. Yet with a potential second wave of COVID-19 expected & no vaccine before 2022, employees need to know that staying home is vital. Pre-screening messages for the signs & symptoms of COVID-19 need to be posted & shared with employees, as they are at clinics, hospitals, public transportation & other businesses.
Employees in British Columbia may take an unpaid job-protected leave of absence for as long as necessary, if they are unable to work for reasons related to COVID-19 (https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/employment-business/employment-standards-advice/employment-standards/time-off/leaves-of-absence). In Alberta, employees have job-protected unpaid leave of 14 days (https://www.alberta.ca/covid-19-leave.aspx).
Providing on-going communication with employees is important; ensuring that employees know about provincial & federal benefit programs, and other options that may be available.
Jocelyn Herrett, DSW, RSW
Senior Mental Health Clinician