Latest COVID Related News & Updates

Iowa Women’s Foundation Launches ‘CAREforce for our WORKforce”

The Iowa Women’s Foundation (IWF) has announced the launch of their new campaign to increase the recognition of child care providers as essential, professional workers. The campaign, “CAREforce for our WORKforce", aims to provide easily-accessible public information...

Cleaning and Disinfecting your Workplace

After accessing whether or not it's safe to reopen your business, you should consider how to sanitize your workplace to limit the spread of germs to your employees and customers. Although not required by the CDC, it's a good idea to have your plan written down and...

Communicating with your Team About Returning to Work

Communication during this time is incredibly important. Remain available to and transparent with your employees. Have conversations with employees about their concerns. Some employees may be at higher risk for severe illness, such as older adults and those with...

Suggestions for Safely Reopening Your Business

Reopening our economy will be a community wide effort to ensure that both employees and customers remain safe. Any phased reopening must be in accordance with sound public health decisions, and with proper safety protocols outlined by local and state health...

Emergency Action Plans Connect Employees to Needed Resources

As COVID-19 drags on, more and more of us are experiencing stress. EAP’s (or Emergency Action Plans) connect employees to confidential, professional assistance to help with personal, family, and work issues at often no charge to the employee. While these have existed...

Working Remotely: Maintaining Health & Wellbeing

As most of us are now working remotely due to COVID-19, a whole new set of challenges are being presented to employees. Isolated from co-workers and sometimes family, having daily routines uprooted, and a lack of physical exercise all adds to the already present...

Face Masks in the Workplace

Since the WHO declared COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020, the demand for N95 masks and other essential personal protective equipment (PPE) have skyrocketed, leaving a shortage worldwide. In Iowa, Governor Kim Reynolds has enacted a PPE shortage order,...

Making the Most of SBA Funding

PPP loans have the possibility to be a business-saving resource for your company, and many businesses have already started to become approved for these loans. Every business is unique, and the terms and conditions of the PPP loan may not work for all. Many options are...

Healthcare Workers and Mental Health During COVID-19

During the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare workers have been on the frontlines, sacrificing their energy--and safety-- to help those affected by the virus. Although healthcare workers are trained in disaster response, the toll on mental health is significant. Because we...

Mental Health is Workforce Health

Burnout occurs when the demands placed on someone exceed the resources they have available to them, taking tolls on their mental health and energy. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the combination of increased anxiety coupled with the increased expectations of their...

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