There is a lot of
information out there which details the steps you need to take as an employer
to keep your employees safe from a social distancing standpoint, however you
need to do more than just keep your workers apart to ensure their health needs
are truly cared for.
- Encourage flexible working arrangements if they work in your industry
Many have taken
to flexible working arrangements recently more through reality than choice, but
it has been shown to have several benefits in terms of health and safety. Many
flexible workers report having increased productivity when working remotely,
this, in turn, has a big impact on their mental health.
allows employees to pick a workspace that suits them and the mood they are in.
Indeed, for many, the idea of working remotely is an ambition and before the
lockdown, many took to the digital nomad path.
Flexible working hours also allow
employees better structure over their day, which allows more flexible time for
wellbeing activities like breaks, walks and exercise. All this can create a positive
feedback loop which improves wellbeing and productivity.
- Ensure you have adequate team building
activities planned for the future
meetings may be off the cards for a while however one way you could prep
workers for life back in the office is through virtual and distanced team
events. This could be in the form of online activities and challenges, planning
in some of these will help encourage your employees to start working more
cooperatively in the future.
- Put a plan in place to help employees manage
their own wellbeing
wellbeing is going to be more important now than ever as we look to get people
back in the workplace safely. Team meetings and an open culture will be crucial
in helping employees to get any issues off their mind. Open discussion also
gives you access to different perspective which may open your eyes to new ways
of improving wellbeing.
- Have a plan for who is coming into the workplace
One of the ways
that you can minimise the chances of employees coming into contact with each
other in a larger organisation is through the staggering of start and finish
times. This will help to prevent the chance for potential ‘hotspots’ for virus
transition (like corridors and elevator) becoming overwhelmed.
safe will benefit your business
mentioned in this article are important when it comes to creating a healthy and
well looked after workforce. If your industry permits it, flexible working that
gives employees the choice of where they work has been shown to have both
productivity and wellbeing benefits.
As an employer, you have a
duty of care to your employees and must ensure they are well looked after as
workplaces begin to open up after the lockdown. Taking into account the steps
above, coupled with the correct government advice and the latest industry news will give you the tools
you need to keep workers safe.