About a week ago, I tested positive for COVID-19. Hello. My name is Michael stack and I’m the CEO of Amaxx. And that fact that I tested positive along with five of their members in my family, along with 10 other kids that are in our school, we had an outbreak in our kids’ school. It’s a very small school. And so it’s spread. They didn’t have symptoms and, you know, etc., etc. and the kids brought it home. Five out of the six of us in our family. We’ve been fortunate that our symptoms have either been non-existent or very mild, but that’s the fact that we’ve been dealing with COVID over the past a week or so the eight, 10 days has enlightened me to a few lessons that I want to share a few lessons that have to deal with how we deal with injuries in workers, compensation, and how we deal with COVID-19 in our organizations.
What Can I Expect?
First thing that I asked when we tested positive, what can I expect? What can I expect for myself and for my family, what is going to be coming around the road here that we kind of need to be prepared for? Obviously we’ve heard a lot about it over the past 18 months, but now it’s very real for us in the sense that we’ve tested positive.
What is the Policy?
What are our expectations and what are the policies? What is the policy now that we need to follow? What are the recommendations from the CDC? As far as quarantine periods, what do you have to do? What is the waiting period? How much time do we have to wait to quarantine before we can now rejoin the world?
What Does that Mean for Us?
And then what does that mean for us in terms of how that’s going to work? What are the expectations? What are the policies? And then number three, how do these things apply to us? How do these things apply to us? How are we going to take these expectations, take these policies, and now put them into practice for our particular family, as well as for the school that we also run that my wife fronts.
Covid & Work Comp Best Practices are Human Best Practices
When you look at these lessons that we’ve learned here from COVID, I hope this rings a bell for you in terms of how we deal with workplace injuries, every single workplace injury that we have, these best practices for workers’ compensation, or not just best practices for how to deal with workplace injuries that happen only at work. These are human best practices. These are people, best practices. These are individual emotional feelings of how we all deal with something that is new for us. When a person is injured at work, they want to know what are my expectations, dinging thing. That’s your employee brochure. That’s where you lay that out. This is where you lay out is workers’ compensation. Here’s our policies. Here’s our recommendations. And oh, by the way, this is how it applies to you at your organization. These work comp best practices are not strictly dealing with workers’ compensation.
Put Human Behavior Best Practices Into Place
Workers’ compensation law in the state of ex, Texas, Florida, California, New York, whatever state that you’re in. These are human best practices. As far as how to deal with injuries, they apply to COVID. They apply to workplace injuries. They imply to human behavior. If you want to put some practices in place, take some lessons in regards to how your organization would deal with COVID. The same things. Apply, set the expectations for how you’re handling COVID. What is your policy? How does it apply to your organization? Set the expectations for work comp injuries? What is your policy? How does it apply to your people? You’ll be setting yourself up for success.
Again, my name is Michael stack. I’m the CEO of AMAX. Remember your work today in workers’ compensation can have a dramatic impact on your company’s bottom line, but it will have a dramatic impact on someone’s life. So be great.
Author Michael Stack, CEO Amaxx LLC. He is an expert in workers’ compensation cost containment systems and helps employers reduce their workers’ comp costs by 20% to 50%. He works as a consultant to large and mid-market clients, is a co-author of Your Ultimate Guide To Mastering Workers Comp Costs, a comprehensive step-by-step manual of cost containment strategies based on hands-on field experience, and is the founder & lead trainer of Amaxx Workers’ Comp Training Center, which offers the Certified Master of Workers’ Compensation national designation.
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