Can we declare the COVID-19 pandemic over? For some, it may feel like it. However, in parts of the U.S. and other countries around the world, the Delta variant is wreaking havoc. As many companies and managers are planning to welcome employees back to the office, we’ve curated the most important articles you need to read:

1. Safety’s Role in the Labor Shortage, Return to the Workplace and other COVID-19 Concerns


Safety is top of mind for employees as they return to the workplace. Companies need to actively communicate and document they have programs in place that comply with state and federal guidelines and best practices.

2. Don’t Reopen Your Office Until You Consider This First


A survey by the American Psychological Association found that 49% of adults feel uneasy about returning to in-person interactions once the pandemic is over. A similar study from Envoy found that 66% of employees said they were worried about their health when thinking about returning to the workplace.


3. How Prepared Are Food Companies for the Next Pandemic?


Both operating cost increases and revenue decreases correlated with how prepared a company was for the effects of the pandemic. A prepared company was twice as likely to report no significant change in operating costs. Prepared companies were also two and a half times less likely to have experienced decreased revenue.

4. How the Coronavirus Pandemic Impacted the Food & Beverage’s Interest in Automation


Whether and how to establish permanent distancing is one of the things food companies will have to decide as the pandemic recedes. One of the biggest factors in long-range planning is whether those plans should include another pandemic.

5. WHO says Delta Variant is Becoming the Dominant COVID Variant Globally


Studies suggest the Delta variant of COVID-19 is 60% more transmissible than alpha, the variant first identified in the UK, and more contagious than the original strain that emerged in Wuhan.

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