What State Workers Can Expect Once They Return to the Office
What are the plans for state workers once they eventually return to the office? We can tell you that life will be different when they do return.
According to the Lansing State Journal, drinking fountains will be temporarily off limits. That's pretty much the case everywhere these days.
And of course there will be no crowding the elevator. Elevator capacity will be limited to as little as one person at a time.
Just like here at Townsquare Media, social distancing will be highly encouraged in lobbies and hallways. Masks will be required in restrooms and other shared spaces as well.
The Lansing State Journal said, "there are no immediate plans for reopening state office buildings for the thousands of workers currently reporting for duty remotely. But when workers eventually return, they will find a workplace drastically changed."
The State Employer Director said they have roughly 50,000 employees. They have more than 50,000 dependents of those employees.
That turns out to be over 100,000 state residents. They want to keep them safe and protected.
When you break everything down:
More than half of state employees, as of June 16, are working from home.
Corrections officers and state hospital employees were deemed essential. They continued working directly with the public and temporarily received bonuses to reflect their challenging duties.
"Nearly two thirds have been furloughed through a federal work share program that saved the state tens of millions in payroll costs and secured employees $600 a week in federal unemployment payments." (Lansing State Journal)