Covid-19 : Returning to Work

May 13, 2020

Do you need support in planning your Company’s next steps following a period of furlough or once lockdown measures start easing?

While at present there is no formal end to the government’s restrictions on work or travel, other countries have begun to ease certain restrictions and it is possible that the UK may follow suit in a few weeks (although there have been warnings that we will face some forms of social distancing for some time to come). In addition, the current Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is currently due to end on 30 June 2020, and so organisations need to start thinking about what happens next.

As the timing and nature of any relaxation of restrictions is uncertain, it would be sensible for businesses to consider all the options and have the capability to move quickly from one scenario to another.

As an employer, you will need to plan now for what is likely to be a staged return to the workplace over what could be prolonged periods. Your guiding principle should be how to take care of your people and safeguard their health and well-being.

Many people will be concerned and anxious about being in workplaces or travelling to workplaces. They will want to know that their organisation is retaining their support for physical and mental health and are changing their thinking about flexible and remote working. This should be at the heart of any decisions and plans that organisations make.

Contact The HR Team today for expert support and advice with:

• Managing returning to the workplace
• Dealing with redundancies and related issues once the furlough scheme ends
• Managing holidays, sickness, and other absences.

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