Return to the Workplace

Reopen responsibly, monitor intelligently, and protect continuously with solutions for a safer work environment. Equip facility managers and task force leaders to make informed decisions to safely reopen locations. Empower employees to return confidently with self-service tools for working safely and productively. Help health and safety leaders ensure the care and well-being of your workforce.

The main modules of the Return to the Workplace solution include:

  • Location Readiness dashboard helps determine the readiness of the facilities and efficiently manage their safe reopening. Facility managers and task force leaders can use the Location Readiness dashboard to quickly make informed decisions by using critical factors like COVID-19 infection rates and the availability of supplies.

  • Facility Safety Management gives facility managers the tools they need to manage the reopening and readiness of the facilities. This helps organizations ensure that they can provide a safe working environment for employees to return to the workplace.

  • Workplace Care Management gives health and safety leaders the tools they need to actively manage COVID-19 cases, identify hot spots for safety improvement, and import data from external systems to support case management and manual contact tracing. The Workplace Care Management dashboard enables monitoring of all the data from the Workplace Care Management app.

  • Employee Return to the Workplace offers your workforce the self-service tool that they need to feel confident about returning and remain productive while onsite. They can use Employee Return to the Workplace app to check in remotely and self-screen before entering a building.

  • Return to the Workplace portal allows your workforce the ability to follow a similar self-service process as the Employee Return to the Workplace app, but through a portal. Allowing them to check in on invitation and self-screen before getting a pass. Attest to their vaccination and testing (Preview). Users of the portal can even add new guests or dependents allowing for a more decentralized and scalable solution.

Licensing requirements

  • Power Apps per User plan or Power Apps per App plan

  • Power BI Premium or Power BI Pro license, if you'll be using the Power BI dashboard that's available as part of the solution

  • Power Apps Portals, if installed, can be provisioned without requiring a specific user license. Licensing is based on Page Views or Logins per 24 hours. See Licensing overview for Power Apps Portals below.

Contact your local Microsoft account representative for questions related to licensing as per your requirements.

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Task Description Target audience See
What's new? Provides an overview of the features added in the latest and previous releases. Business leaders What's new?
Deploy the solution Used by IT administrators to deploy the Return to the Workplace solution and set up users and security. IT administrators Deploy the solution
Upgrade the solution Used by IT administrators to upgrade to the latest version of the Return to the Workplace solution. IT administrators Upgrade the solution
Configure the solution Used by IT administrators to set up and configure data related to workplaces and users who will use this solution. IT administrators Configure the solution
Use the solution - Location Readiness dashboard Used by executive leadership to review the current data about their workplaces as it relates to COVID-19 conditions and facility readiness. These dashboards provide a comparison of selected measures and metrics associated with established goals or targets for the facilities in their locations, and respective phase rules or guidelines set for them by the government agencies. Executive leadership Location Readiness dashboard
Use the solution - Workplace care management dashboard Used by Health and Safety leads to review employee cases. Health and Safety leads Workplace Care Management dashboard
Use the solution - Facility Safety Management app Used by facility managers to develop and execute on reopening plans. Used by verifiers to set up and manage vaccination and test attestations (Preview) Facility managers, Verifier Facility Safety Management app
Use the solution - Workplace Care Management app Used to manage employee cases. Case managers Workplace Care Management app
Use the solution - Employee Return to the Workplace app Used by employees who are seeking to return to the workplace. Employees can use this app to identify open buildings and self-attest to having no symptoms before returning to a reopened workplace. Employees Employee Return to the Workplace app
Use the solution - Return to the Workplace Portal Used by workers to self-screen and submit their vaccination and test attestations (Preview) Workers (employees, contractors and others) Return to the Workplace Portal

Data, Privacy and Compliance

Take note of the following statements related to data, privacy and compliance for Return to the Workplace:

  • Customer is responsible for ensuring that its implementation and use of Return to the Workplace complies with all applicable laws and regulations, including ensuring the lawfulness of the collection of healthcare information and records, obtaining proper consent for the collection and use of healthcare information and records, and maintaining the confidentiality of healthcare information and records.

  • Return to the Workplace is a sample template and is provided "as is" without warranty of any kind. Customer bears the sole risk and responsibility for any configuration and use of Return to the Workplace.

  • Sample data for Return to the Workplace has been created using current information and guidance about COVID-19 from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and World Health Organization (WHO) as of July 2021. New information may not be fully reflected in the sample data. Customer is solely responsible for updating and customizing the app template as appropriate for its own needs, including to verify and reflect information and guidance about COVID-19 published by the CDC, WHO and other public health organizations, and regulatory decisions and guidance about COVID-19 vaccines by FDA and other health authorities.

  • Customer should implement administrative, physical, and technical safeguards to protect personal data that are no less rigorous than accepted industry standards, and should ensure that all such safeguards, including the manner in which personal data is collected, accessed, used, stored, processed, disposed of, and disclosed, comply with applicable data protection and privacy laws.

  • Customer is solely responsible for any customization and use of the vaccination attestation feature, including ensuring usage complies with, and vaccination data is protected in accordance with, applicable laws and regulations. Customer is solely responsible for verifying as accurate any vaccine information provided by employees and other persons, and Microsoft does not access or verify any such information.

Disclaimer

Return to the Workplace is a sample template and is provided “as is” without warranty of any kind. Customer bears the sole risk and responsibility for any configuration and use of Return to the Workplace. Customer is solely responsible for updating and customizing Return to the Workplace as appropriate for its own needs, and is responsible for ensuring that its implementation complies with all laws and regulations applicable to Customer’s use of Return to the Workplace. Microsoft is not responsible for the performance, accuracy or results from the use of Return to the Workplace or any Customer modifications thereto.

Return to the Workplace is not intended to be made available for use as a medical device, clinical support, diagnostic tool, or other technology intended to be used in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease or other conditions, and no license or right is granted by Microsoft to use Return to the Workplace for such purposes. Return to the Workplace is not designed or intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, treatment, or judgment and should not be used as such. Customer is solely responsible for displaying and/or obtaining appropriate consents, warnings, disclaimers, and acknowledgments to end users of Customer’s implementation of Return to the Workplace.

Feedback about the solution

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