Whilst many of us are due to return to work after the COVID-19 outbreak, we are all treading unprecedented times and potentially sensitive conversations. We at Spire HR have put together some tips on how to work safely and securely as well as our best tips and advice for communicating with staff that are returning to work.
Before opening the workplace, you should consider a deep cleaning process for the removal of any unnecessary germs and bacteria that could be harmful to any individual. The latest UK Government advice has made references simply to the “cleaning” of any environment and working areas that may have been contaminated by the Coronavirus.
After a deep clean, it is important to place hand sanitiser stations near and around high-touch surfaces and communal areas to maintain perfect hygiene including:
- Entrances and exits
- Cafeterias, food courts, and break rooms
- Meeting rooms
- Employee desks
- Transaction counters
Invest in equipment
It is important that employers should provide appropriate technology where possible for staff who are working from home to be able to effectively communicate with clients, management, and other staff members. This is especially important for vulnerable people such as the elderly, pregnant women, and people with health conditions.
Discuss plans with staff
If your staff are preparing to return to work then employers must consult with staff (consider their views where possible, to reach an agreement) as early as possible about when staff are available to return to work.
Did you know that 85% of employees are not engaged in the workplace? We would highly encourage employee engagement as many staff members will be returning to work after a long break and lack of social interaction. This can include team activities, flexibility, taking breaks, and providing a nice environment.
If you are still feeling confused about how to handle conversations with your team or seek further guidance, we provide outsourced solutions at Spire HR and are happy to help. Get in touch today for a no-obligation discussion:
T: 01925 626253