The pandemic has caused many employees to work from home during the lockdown. Now that restrictions have eased off, employees will start to go back to work in September. This is a guide about what employers need to include when employees start to return to the office.
What employers should consider when returning to the office.Since the restrictions have eased in England. Businesses are starting to get their employees to return to offices. So, it is important that employers know the factors to think about when returning to the office. Below are a few factors that employers should make a note of if they are planning to return to the office.
FlexibilityFlexibility at work requires careful planning. Having flexibility working model can benefit both the employee and the company. The majority of UK companies have established hybrid working models that have started this month. It would be reasonable to have some staff in office between 2-3 days and some work from home.
Health and safety measuresBefore employees return to the office it is essential to have a risk assessment is done to ensure health and safety are met. Below is a list of things that employers need to consider:
- identify what work activity or situations might cause transmission of the Covid-19 virus
- who could be at risk
- how likely it is that someone could be exposed
- act to remove the activity or situation, or if this isn’t possible, control the risk
Mental health supportDue to the pandemic, the number of adults who had reported moderate to severe depressive symptoms rose from 10% to 19%. When lockdown started it had increased to 39%. This could impact the employees’ mental health at work. The employee assistance programme could benefit those that suffer from mental health by providing support. There are many things you can do to ensure you keep a healthy state of mind such as:
- Keeping an open line of communication with others.
- Catch up on news from your workplace to mentally prepare for workloads.
- Re-familiarise yourself with the workplace, getting comfortable at work is very important for the mind.
- Ask to return to work gradually.
- Start to readjust to your working hours.
- Make use of peer support services.