It’s been over a month since the Prime Minister announced the government’s ‘roadmap out of lockdown’ guidelines to help employers ensure workplaces are safe for employees to return.
The launch of the NHS Test and Trace system, which hopes to replace national lockdown with individual isolation, coupled with the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) scheme coming to an end in October means we’ll see more businesses opening their doors in the coming days and weeks.
However, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a multitude of new workforce and safety challenges that employers need to tackle to guarantee worker safety and wellbeing both now and into the future, especially if there’s a second spike in the winter months.
Employers must adapt their workplace to be COVID-secure, but what exactly does this look like? We know that enhanced cleaning and social distancing protocols are the first aspects that need to be tackled, but more far-reaching issues affecting your employees need to be addressed, including:
Is it possible for remote working to become a permanent fixture?
Do you need to monitor how employees travel to and from work? How about whether they’re allowed to leave the premises during breaks?
Should workers wear PPE as standard, and should you be providing it?
Are you doing enough to protect your employees’ mental wellbeing?
Does your workforce and the way you operate need a complete rethink?
Help is at hand
Using up-to-date guidance from the government, health organisations and industry leaders, PRS presents Ensuring a COVID-secure workplace: The ultimate guide for employers, a comprehensive guide to help you ensure all bases are covered. In it, we discuss three key areas:
1. Practical planning
The environmental aspects of the workplace and what you need to do to ensure your employees remain safe and spaces are expertly cleaned, as well as a starting point for completing a COVID-secure risk assessment.
2. Workforce considerations
How you can manage disruptions to your people and maintain (maybe even boost) productivity, including bolstering your contingent strategy, improving communication channels and maintaining social engagement.
3. The evolution of the workplace
Looking at the far-reaching effects of the pandemic on the workforce of the future. We cover the rise of remote working practices, the changing role of building services and cleaning professionals, and the redistribution of skills.
Our Ensuring a COVID-Secure Workplace blog series and accompanying guide aims to deliver the latest findings and insights to help employers safely reopen their doors. While every business will face their own unique challenges, we hope the series will go some way in helping you get back up and running safely.