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  • Manish Kapur

The start of a new beginning!

Over the coming days and weeks, many businesses will start to see some or maybe all of their staff returning to work. This is likely to result in many questions for business owners, even before you can think of the key priorities such as getting the business up and running as quickly as possible and replacing the lost sales. Whilst many of your staff will no doubt be pleased to get back to work, there will be some that could be very anxious and still concerned about the risk of infection. Some of the things you may need to consider;

  • Will you be able to manage and enforce social distancing of 2m for your employees? Spacing between desks or workbenches may need to be enforced. Reduce potential gatherings such as meetings and keep to only the key personnel 

  • Consider how visitors to your business may view your working arrangements, particularly potential candidates in the event of interviewing

  • Regular communication for any staff having their working from home arrangement extended, to check on their welfare

  • Encourage regular handwashing and the availability of hand sanitizer. Depending on your type of business, you may need to supply PPE and your staff will need to know how to use it effectively. Be prepared to offer training and answer questions

  • Communicate clearly the process for staff returning to work. You may not get everyone back at the same time however you could do a phased return or perhaps staggered hours?

  • All staff should have a 1-2-1 induction with management, explaining the measures you have implemented and the expectation in following these safeguards and minimise the risk of infection. Primary consideration given to

  1. Checking they are comfortable returning to work

  2. Be sensitive to the fact they may have suffered illness or bereavement in the family

  3. Are there any issues with childcare or other relatives?

  4. Give them the opportunity to voice their concerns and deal with them sensitively

  • Finally, continue to communicate regularly because the situation is likely to change on a regular basis

There are a number of other considerations and scenarios, but these will be some of the key areas I would suggest you give some thought to and always follow the government guidelines. I’m sure there will be a lot of advice published but it will be easier on your teams if you are already ahead of the game, with some ideas in place.

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