Looking after our people

As leaders, it’s critical we help keep our people calm and provide them with access to up-to-date information to support them. Please take the following actions with your teams:

1. Practise good hygiene

The most important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus is to remind your people to practise good hygiene to protect against infection.

2. Limit large team gatherings

While the risk of infection within teams is low, Dr Armand Casolin, our Chief Health Officer, advises that large team gatherings, staff forums and briefings should be limited and that we promote the use of collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams for meetings, livestream events and collaboration. This is in line with guidance from NSW Health.

3. Respond to your people’s concerns

If one of your team is concerned about the safety of their workplace and Coronavirus, talk through the safety measures that are in place to protect them at all times. If there are further concerns, direct them to the Staywell Hub, where they can find information, tips, tools and resources to facilitate self-care and mental health support.

4. Send sick employees home

If you have someone who is showing flu-like symptoms, it’s unlikely they have Coronavirus. However, to stop the spread of any sickness, you should send staff home immediately if they are sick and showing flu-like symptoms. Give them a surgical mask to wear if you have one handy to help stop the spread of sickness.

5. Understand when to self-isolate and when not to

  • If they have recently returned from overseas travel – all travellers arriving in Australia are required to undertake their mandatory 14 day self-isolation at designated facilities (for example, a hotel)
  • If they have been in close contact with a confirmed Coronavirus case. Please note, NSW Health will contact individuals who are identified as having close contact with a confirmed case. You should not be making this decision yourself.
  • If they have been to any of the Coronavirus case locations listed on the NSW Health website as requiring immediate self-isolation, and attended during the times and dates indicated, they should immediately self-isolate for 14 days
  • If they have visited one of the other Coronavirus locations listed on the NSW Health website during the times and dates indicated and develop Coronavirus symptoms they should self-isolate.

What if someone in my team needs to self-isolate?

If a staff member needs to self-isolate for 14 days, you should talk with them about them working from home if they are not showing any symptoms. If they cannot perform work remotely see the What leave when? page for details on leave arrangements. If a staff member is concerned that they may have come into contact with an infected person, they do not need to be sent home to self-isolate. Firstly, share this information and get them to call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for further advice.

If a team member needs to self-isolate, please complete the COVID-19 reporting form.

As leaders, it’s critical we help keep our people calm and provide them with access to up-to-date information to support them. Please take the following actions with your teams:

1. Practise good hygiene

The most important thing you can do to help prevent the spread of Coronavirus is to remind your people to practise good hygiene to protect against infection.

2. Limit large team gatherings

While the risk of infection within teams is low, Dr Armand Casolin, our Chief Health Officer, advises that large team gatherings, staff forums and briefings should be limited and that we promote the use of collaboration tools such as Microsoft Teams for meetings, livestream events and collaboration. This is in line with guidance from NSW Health.

3. Respond to your people’s concerns

If one of your team is concerned about the safety of their workplace and Coronavirus, talk through the safety measures that are in place to protect them at all times. If there are further concerns, direct them to the Staywell Hub, where they can find information, tips, tools and resources to facilitate self-care and mental health support.

4. Send sick employees home

If you have someone who is showing flu-like symptoms, it’s unlikely they have Coronavirus. However, to stop the spread of any sickness, you should send staff home immediately if they are sick and showing flu-like symptoms. Give them a surgical mask to wear if you have one handy to help stop the spread of sickness.

5. Understand when to self-isolate and when not to

  • If they have recently returned from overseas travel – all travellers arriving in Australia are required to undertake their mandatory 14 day self-isolation at designated facilities (for example, a hotel)
  • If they have been in close contact with a confirmed Coronavirus case. Please note, NSW Health will contact individuals who are identified as having close contact with a confirmed case. You should not be making this decision yourself.
  • If they have been to any of the Coronavirus case locations listed on the NSW Health website as requiring immediate self-isolation, and attended during the times and dates indicated, they should immediately self-isolate for 14 days
  • If they have visited one of the other Coronavirus locations listed on the NSW Health website during the times and dates indicated and develop Coronavirus symptoms they should self-isolate.

What if someone in my team needs to self-isolate?

If a staff member needs to self-isolate for 14 days, you should talk with them about them working from home if they are not showing any symptoms. If they cannot perform work remotely see the What leave when? page for details on leave arrangements. If a staff member is concerned that they may have come into contact with an infected person, they do not need to be sent home to self-isolate. Firstly, share this information and get them to call Healthdirect on 1800 022 222 for further advice.

If a team member needs to self-isolate, please complete the COVID-19 reporting form.

Page last updated: 31 July 2020, 13:37