At Corporate Chaplains of America, we are committed to the safety and health of our employees and those we serve. At the same time, we are committed to being present and available to those in need. To that end, here are the precautions we are taking:
- We are restricting travel among our chaplains. Any chaplain who has recently traveled outside the continental US is under a 14-day quarantine. No chaplains are traveling by airplane.
- Any chaplain who finds they have been in contact with someone infected with COVID-19 is quarantined for 14 days.
- Chaplains should be clear of any cold or flu symptoms for at least 24 hours prior to returning to work.
- We have thoroughly trained our chaplains in best practices to avoid contraction and spreading of the coronavirus. These include:
- Wash hands thoroughly with warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds often during the day.
- Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer often during the day.
- Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth.
- No physical contact with employees, including hand shaking.
- Keep a safe “social distance” of at least 6 feet.
- In an office environment, avoid entering each office. Instead, stand at the doorway to communicate.
- Cough or sneeze into a Kleenex and then dispose of the Kleenex.
- If the chaplain or someone in their home is sick, cease rounds.
- Avoid gatherings of people.
- Avoid touching equipment at locations they serve.
- As of Monday, March 16 chaplains are not to visit hospitals, courtrooms or jails. Instead we will care for these employees by phone.
Flexibility of Care:
The face of the workplace is changing rapidly during this time. Our chaplains are working hard to increase the level of care as concerns ramp up across America. Chaplains will proactively care for employees in creative ways as our companies change the way they do business. Here are some examples of virtual care that we can offer:
- Many employees who are used to meeting with Chaplains face to face are now using technology like FaceTime, Google Hangouts, Zoom, Skype, GoToMeeting, Slack, etc. to virtually meet for care sessions.
- Some chaplains are meeting with departments or small groups via freeconferencecall.com or Zoom.
- Some chaplains have gained permission from companies to send weekly email or video messages to employees.
- The "My Chaplain App" allows your employees to call, text, or email our chaplains, set up care sessions, read encouraging articles, etc.
The Corporate Chaplains of America leadership team as well as regional leadership are meeting daily to discuss issues that arise with the goal of staying in front of Covid-19 concerns. We are constantly updating our chaplain training as we learn from this situation and are sharing best practices with them daily. We have set aside time for an all-day virtual training event to powerfully reinforce these principles and ensure service with excellence during this time.
Thank you for allowing us to serve you and your employees during this unprecedented time of need.
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