Corona measures are over, but it is better not to go to the office with snot

As of today, the cabinet will publish all Corona recommendations. There were no strict rules yet, but recommendations such as testing in case of complaints and isolation in case of Corona were still adopted by many companies.

The new cabinet line follows the recommendations of the Outbreak Management Team (OMT). This shows that we can now see the coronavirus as the flu.

Businesses have been asking lately: Should we stop testing for a cold or sore throat altogether and go back to work? “People say to each other, ‘How do you do this? “You see this kind of conversation at work, too,” says Robert Van de Graaf, medical director of the Health and Safety Service Zorg van de Zaak.

NOS visited major employers to find out how they are dealing with Corona. This shows that most employers apparently have little difficulty distinguishing themselves from Corona advice. But the epidemic changed something.

Most of the major employers (companies, municipalities and ministries) NOS spoke to have been following the government’s guidelines lately. So far, employees have been advised to stay home if they test positive or have complaints.

Now that the government has dropped all advice, most businesses agree. Some employers see the disappearance of these recommendations as a good thing. Tech company NXP says people who have been previously infected should stay at home even if they’re not sick. This also affected productivity.

Some employers did not wait for the cabinet and have long since given up on the recommendation. For example, the municipality of Eindhoven has already stopped personnel testing.

At NS and insurance company Aegon, among others, it was already an employee’s “own responsibility” to comply with corona recommendations.

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There are still employers who are somewhat reluctant. For example, the municipality of The Hague sees no reason to abandon the recommendation altogether because employees still find it somewhat exciting without the Corona rules.

Fighting illness in the workplace has changed since the pandemic, according to van de Graaf (Zorg van de Zaak): “We are more aware that a virus can topple an entire team with consequences for the employee’s family.”

ING and Nationale Nederlanden are two companies that follow the advice not to come to the office when you are sick. “People used to go to work for pain relief after staying at home for three days, now they stay home longer to recover,” says Leonie Mooyman, company doctor and CEO of Arbo Unie.

According to him, employers have become more stringent and people are forced to work from home if they are not fully eligible. But this is not possible everywhere. “There are also industries where people with colds have to come to work.”

Source: NOS