As Indiana businesses begin to reopen, the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and Columbus-based Cummins Inc. (NYSE: CMI) have released guides to share emerging best practices for reopening the workplace. The return-to-work playbooks focus on the manufacturing, logistics and warehousing, office, and customer-facing work settings. CICP Chief Executive Officer David Johnson says the playbooks are designed to help businesses as the era of COVID-19 continues over the next 12-18 months.
An an interview on Inside INdiana Business with Gerry Dick, Johnson said Cummins provided a unique perspective on the situation.
“Tom Linebarger and his team at Cummins, who have been living with COVID-19 really since January when it affected their operations in China, have really given a lot both to the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership and to the community and the state by helping to think though and work through what you actually would do if you were trying to go back into the workplace and make it as productive as it can possibly be in an era of social distancing,” said Johnson.
The playbooks include:
- Safe Return to Work for Indiana’s Manufacturing, Logistics, and Warehousing Sectors: Keeping our Hoosier workers safe so they can restart the state
- Safe Return to Work for Indiana’s Office Environments: Keeping our Hoosier workers safe so they can restart the state
- Safe Return to Work for Indiana’s Sales and Service Operations: Keeping our Hoosier workers safe so they can restart the state
The CICP says each playbook includes recommendations and best practices from health experts and organizations, in addition to other officials and company leaders. The playbooks feature a section on key decisions businesses can consider prior to restarting.
Linebarger says the best practices came from multiple sources.
“These practices aren’t all developed by Cummins by a long shot. We basically talked to every one of our suppliers, customers, peers and said, ‘Tell us all the things that you’re doing’ and we researched all those. We put in place practices for how to keep social distancing in a manufacturing plant; that often means relaying out the line and changing the way work is done at the plant. We talked about protective equipment…and then how do we do screening questions? There’s just so many details to think about.”
Linebarger says as Cummins was coming up with best practices for its own operations, the decision was made to share them with other businesses who may not have the same resources but still need to take the same precautions.
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