501 Commons and the Nonprofit Association of Washington teamed up to provide guidance and resources on “Returning to the Workplace.” These resources are updated periodically to help you determine and implement your organization's workplace safety policies & practices. Please check back regularly for updates.
Your Legal Obligation to Provide a Safe Workplace
Now is the time to think about your legal requirements as employers and our moral responsibilities to employees, volunteers, and community members. Here are some articles/tools to help you get started:
- This article in Harvard Business Review “Help Your Employees Who Are Anxious About Returning to the Office” provides a good primer on how executives/supervisors should approach this issue.
- Read the Nonprofit Association of Washington's executive director Laura Pierce’s thoughts on what reopening means for the sector.
- Also, watch this 90-minute webinar provided by the Nonprofit Association of Washington on returning to the workplace that was recorded in June 2021.
- Read Job Accommodation Network’s guidance on ensuring employees with disabilities can safely return to in-person work.
- If your organization is using a “hybrid” model where some workers remain remote, while others return to the office/workplace, check out the National Council of Nonprofits’ resources on managing a telecommuting team.
- To ensure the safety of your building occupants building water systems and devices, read the CDC's "Reopening Buildings after Prolonged Shutdown or Reduced Operation."
Download the free documents below that were created or curated by 501 Commons that provide guidance on crafting return-to-the-workplace policies and practices. Please bookmark this page since it will be updated frequently.
If you have a policy, forms, or a practice you would like to share, please contact Greg@501commons.org. Sharing resources will help us evolve our practices and lessen the load of doing this unique work.
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