How to Voice Health Concerns to Management as Offices Reopen
As the COVID-19 vaccines slowly make their way around the world, offices are opening up once again. Although this opportunity is a chance to get back to work, it also creates exposure risks for those who haven’t been vaccinated yet.
How do you voice your concerns to a manager who is told to bring you back? What options do you have if you’re in a high-risk category without the vaccine?
1. Take care of yourself first.
Before you deal with these stressful issues, it helps to give your body the boost it needs for a healthy foundation. That’s why using items like Nutramedix or having Allergy Research Group items stocked at home should be your first step.
2. Be polite, but be firm.
It would be best to speak with your manager about your concerns before attempting any other actions. Your company might have telecommuting policies that you can follow that require a personal request to activate.
3. Don’t accept the first answer.
Managers aren’t CEOs, which means they don’t always have the authority to change the directions that they got from their bosses. They are repeating the company line, which means you don’t need to accept that first answer. You can respectfully ask for a meeting to discuss your unique situation.
4. Research your local rules.
Some states are implementing policies that adjust the at-will nature of employment during the COVID-19 economic recovery. You may have health protections available to implement that requires your employer to provide accommodations for your current status.
5. Look for new work.
If your manager won’t budge and you don’t have legal options to pursue, there’s always another job out there to find. It helps if you’ve got about six months of savings stocked away to manage your expenses during this transition time.
6. File a lawsuit.
When you don’t have any other options, a lawsuit might keep you employed and out of a potentially dangerous environment. You’ll need to speak with an attorney about your options in this area.
We should be back to “normal” in 2022. That means you’ve got all of 2021 to manage a transition. Part of that process means speaking with your manager about your unique situation.