What To Ask Your Employer Before Returning to Work
As places across the country begin to open up, more and more people are returning to work. Whether you feel like getting out of the house and getting back to the grind, or you've gotten used to working in your pajamas, your employer can be expecting you there soon. Since the pandemic is far from […]

As places across the country begin to open up, more and more people are returning to work. Whether you feel like getting out of the house and getting back to the grind, or you've gotten used to working in your pajamas, your employer can be expecting you there soon.

Since the pandemic is far from over, you probably have a lot of questions for your employer about how they are going to keep and your coworkers healthy.

Here are some of the most important questions to ask your employer before returning to work amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Should I come back to work or can I continue to telecommute?

While working from home is simply not an option for many employees, if you've been telecommuting since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, it's perfectly reasonable to ask your employer if you can continue to work from home. work from home even if you do. now allowed to enter the office.

If you have risk factors for severe COVID-19, such as obesity or underlying lung, heart, liver, or kidney disease, you must be protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

To deny you the opportunity to work from home, your employer must prove that you absolutely have to come to the office to be able to do your job properly.

If nothing else, your employer might come up with a compromise such as allowing you to work from home three days a week if you come to the office twice a week.

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Will social distancing be practiced?

The novel coronavirus is believed to be spread primarily through person-to-person contact. Social distancing - staying at least six feet from other people - is considered the best way to prevent the spread of the disease.

If you typically work shoulder to shoulder with your co-workers, you should ask your employer if and how social distancing will be practiced.

Office layout may change, physical barriers may be put in place, or shifts may be staggered to help implement social distancing in your workplace.

Will protective equipment be provided and / or required?

Will your employer provide masks, gloves or hand sanitizer? If you work with the public, these items may be needed or recommended to help stop the spread of disease and protect you and your clients.

Masks, in particular, are essential in helping to slow the spread of COVID-19 because they help contain contagious respiratory droplets, and people can be contagious for several days before they start showing symptoms.

What other precautions will be in place?

Although it is believed that COVID-19 is mainly spread through person-to-person contact, it may still be possible to contract it from touching contaminated surfaces.

Will your employer institute improved cleaning procedures to help reduce contact transmission? How often will heavily touched surfaces like doorknobs, telephones and light switches be disinfected? Who will be responsible for the additional cleaning and disinfection?

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What if an employee has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms?

Will your employer screen employees when they come into work every day? What will this screening look like - a symptom questionnaire, temperature checks, or both? What if an employee has COVID-19 or is showing symptoms?

CDC recommended that anyone who shows symptoms or has tested positive for the novel coronavirus should avoid contact with other people until:

  • 3 days without fever and
  • Symptoms improved and
  • 10 days since the onset of symptoms

If you get sick, will your employer pay you to stay home for 10 days? Will you need to stay home without pay? Will sick employees be allowed to work if they need money?

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For restaurant workers - Will I still be employed when the PPP is exhausted?

The Paycheque Protection Program (PPP) was enacted in early April and provided money to restaurants and other businesses to keep paying their employees. These loans will be canceled if employers rehire employees in their same or equivalent positions by the end of June.

The PPP provides for eight weeks of salary. You should ask your employer if they can afford to keep you after these eight weeks. Each business will likely have different plans on how to handle this transition.

How can PlushCare help?

AT Plush, our trusted doctors want to help keep you safe when you return to work.

If you would like to speak to a doctor with any questions, you can make an appointment anytime by click here or by calling (888) 798-0620.

If you think you've been exposed to COVID-19 or are experiencing symptoms, PlushCare can have a home test kit overnight at your doorstep. Learn more about home coronavirus test here.

We can also provide you with a antibody test order. This test checks to see if you've ever had COVID-19 and may indicate immunity. If you are insured and in a network, your appointment is free!

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Plyometric exercises, like box jumps and burpees, are a one-way ticket to feeling like an all-around badass because not only will they help you build strength, but explosiveness ( or power ), speed, and agility, too. Those last three perks don’t come from strength training alone, so it’s key to round out your fitness routine with jump training ( another name for plyo ).

All plyo movements require your groupes de muscles to stretch and contract at a rapid pace, which helps them become more explosive. So, unsurprisingly, they’re considered a intensity workout. The benefit of firing up your groupes musculaires this way, though : It spikes your heart rate ( oh hey, cardio ) and burns *all* the calories.

Before you jump into plyo training, you want to feel solid when it comes to stability, balance, and core strength. But aside from that, the beauty of it is that you can scale plyo to your sport level and that it is totally beginner-friendly. Can’t jump up onto a three-foot-tall box ? Start small ! The most important thing is that your movements are quick; they don’t have to be BIG. As you feel more stable and powerful, amp it up !

I like to incorporate two or three plyometric exercises into the beginning of my workouts after my warm-up. Since they demand so much of your bod, you don’t want to go into them already fatigued from a bunch of other moves. Want your entire workout to have plyometric vibes ? You can do that, too. Just be ready to feel the burn in ways you’ve never felt it before.

Start standing facing a plyo box ( about two-feet away from it ). Rise up onto balls of feet and swing straight arms over head, then bend knees and push hips back into a hinge position and swing arms back behind body to gain momentum to explode up off floor and jump up onto the box. Land in a squat place, with knees bent, feet flat, and hands in front of chest. Then stand up straight and step back down to starting place. That’s one rep.

Start in a plank position, then jump feet forward outside of hands. Drop butt below knees, lift torso up, and raise hands to chest level. Reverse the movement to return to start. That’s one rep.

Start standing with feet under hips next to a plyo box, bent forward to place both hands flat on the top of it. Press through hands, brace core, and kick feet up and back towards glutes to hop body over to opposite side of box. Reverse the movement to return to start. That’s one rep.

Start standing with hands at sides. Hop up into the air. Upon landing, squat down, press hands into floor, and kick feet up into air higher than shoulder height. Let feet land directly under body, then hop back up. That’s one rep.

Start standing with feet under hips to the right of a plyo box. Rise up onto balls of feet and lift arms overhead, then with momentum, push hips back into a hinge place and swing arms back. Use this oomph to press through feet while swinging arms forward to explode up off floor. In mid-air, rotate entire body degrees to the left and land in a slight squat position with hands in front of chest on top of the box, knees bent and feet flat. Stand up straight, then step back down to starting place. That’s one rep.

Start in a plank place with shoulders stacked over wrists and core engaged. Drive right knee toward chest, then return to plank and quickly repeat with the left. Keep alternating sides as quickly as possible. That’s one rep.

Start standing on right foot at far right end of mat or workout space with left leg bent, left foot lifted and crossed behind right leg, left arm bent and crossed in front of body, right arm behind back, and torso tilted slightly forward. Take a big hop to left switching arms and legs to mirror move on opposite side. Jump back to start. That’s one rep.

tera start, stand with feet together and hands at sides. Then, lift arms out and overhead while jumping feet out past shoulders. Without pausing, quickly reverse the movement to return to start. That’s one rep.

Start standing with feet just outside of shoulders holding one dumbbell with both hands in front of body, arms extended straight toward floor. Lift right foot up off mat and behind body while bending at elbows to swing weight over left shoulder. Quickly hop from left foot to right while straightening arms and drawing dumbbell diagonally across chest toward right hip, torso and gaze follow weight. That’s one rep. ( Make sure to switch your starting foot for the deuxième round. )

Get into a plank place, with shoulders stacked on top of wrists. Keeping core engaged, tap right shoulder with left hand while jumping both feet out wide to sides. Return to start, then repeat on the opposite side. That’s one rep.


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