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By John Reitman

As restrictions ease, there are many questions to ask when rebuilding teams


As a human resources professional with nearly a quarter-of-a-century of experience, Jodie Cunningham knows a thing or two about managing workforces through a disaster.

Now the owner of Optimus Talent Partners, Cunningham recently was part of a four-person roundtable of industry professionals addressing stressors caused by the COVID-19 outbreak and the ensuing lockdown that has the entire world living on pins and needles.

043020checklist.jpgAs restrictions begin to ease on playing golf in many parts of the country, Cunningham wants to remind golf course superintendents previously working under self-isolation orders that limited labor resources that there is much to consider while filling out your team, and she created a video and a checklist to help superintendents while they rebuild their teams. Click here to watch the video, and click on the link below or on the thumbnail at right to download the checklist. COVID-19 Back to Work Checklist.pdf

"There is a tangled web of guidance between CDC, FMLA, emergency paid sick leave, unemployment, ADA, confidentiality with HIPPA, OSHA," Cunningham said in a recent video. There is so much guidance and requirements and responsibilities on your part as the employer, you gotta make sure you get it right."

Indeed, there are many things to consider: What if an employee exhibits symptoms of the virus, or if they have been exposed to someone who has tested positive? What if someone is afraid to return to work? What do you do? What is the right thing to do?

The checklist can help answer some of those questions.

"Use the checklist as a guide for things to consider, and it's really important that you're creating some policies and some procedures," Cunningham said.

"Employees want to feel safe coming back to work. They want to know what you're doing to make sure that the workplace is a safe place for them to be."

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