Solving the Delta Variant Workplace Riddle

Covid has reared its ugly head again and so have my sleepless nights.

Another COVID-19 outbreak will not only cost lives but, again, effect the world’s economy. In the microcosmic world of FAB, the concerns are the same. How would a Covid outbreak affect our company productivity and financial health?

The past few weeks I have struggled with how to manage the looming resurgence of this deadly disease. Sure, I would like to ignore the plague that is fast approaching. But in truth, to do nothing is to do something.

In the words of a pastor, prophet, spy, and martyr in Germany during WWII: 

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil: God will not hold us guiltless. Not to speak is to speak. Not to act is to act.” – Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Solving a riddle

With Pastor Bonhoeffer’s words echoing in my mind and buoying my resolve, I collected facts, looked to other small businesses for examples, and signed up for a webinar on COVID-19 diplomacy in the workplace. I also sent a companywide email asking for private, individual feedback from my employees.

Sharing my decision

For other business owners and department heads struggling with the dilemma of keeping their people safe, honoring individual rights, and be understanding, this is what I decided was the fairest course of action:

Dear Employees,

Thank you for your replies concerning COVID-19.

After much thought, I find it is my duty to make a new company policy that will require all unvaccinated personnel to wear a mask, when away from their desk or within 6 ft. of another person. As the school year approaches and infections rise it is recommended, but not required, for others to follow suit. The health of our country and company, and thus each of our personal financial life, is directly related to the health and productivity of its people. Thank you for your cooperation.

As English poet John Donne, wrote in the 17th century, “No man is an island”, comparing people to countries, and arguing for the interconnectedness of all people with God.

As the fall flu season approaches, I hope my writing will, in some small way, help in your decision-making process.