As of today, the cabinet is releasing all corona advice. There were no hard rules yet, but advice such as testing for complaints and isolation in case of corona were still adopted by many companies.
The cabinet’s new line follows advice from the Outbreak Management Team (OMT). This shows that we can now see the corona virus as a flu.
The business community has been searching lately: should we stop testing completely and go back to work with a runny nose or sore throat? “I see people asking each other: how do you do that? You also see these kinds of conversations in the workplace,” says Robert Van de Graaf, medical director at health and safety service Zorg van de Zaak.
The NOS toured large employers to hear how they deal with corona. This shows that most employers seem to have little difficulty in letting go of the corona advice. But something has changed because of the pandemic.
I see people looking at each other and asking: How do you do that?
Most of the large employers (companies, municipalities and ministries) that NOS spoke to have recently followed the government guidelines. Until now, employees were often advised to stay at home in case of a positive test or complaints.
Now that the government is letting go of all advice, the majority of companies are going along with this. Some employers regard the disappearance of these recommendations as a good thing. Until now, people who were infected were forced to stay at home, says technology company NXP, even if they were not sick. And that affected productivity.
Some employers did not wait for the cabinet and had already let go of the advice. For example, the municipality of Eindhoven has already stopped testing personnel.
At NS and insurer Aegon, among others, it was already an employee’s “own responsibility” to follow corona advice.
Run its course first
There are also employers who are still a bit hesitant. For example, the municipality of The Hague sees no reason to let go of the advice completely, because the staff still find it a bit exciting without corona rules.
According to Van de Graaf (Zorg van de Zaak), the way we deal with illness at work has changed since the pandemic: “We are more aware that a virus can bring down the entire team, with consequences for the employee’s family. “
ING and Nationale Nederlanden are two companies that adhere to the advice not to come to the office in case of illness. “Where people used to stay at home for three days and then go to work with a painkiller, they now stay at home longer to recover,” says Leonie Mooyman, company doctor and chairman of Arbo Unie.
According to her, employers have become stricter and people have to work from home if they are not completely fit. But this is not possible everywhere. “There are also sectors where people who have a cold do have to come to work.”
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