Despite Boris Johnsons best efforts we do seem to be getting back to normal. One of the questions we often get from our clients is is “how do we safely get our employees back to work?. It’s important for small businesses to ensure they have the proper procedures in place to safeguard employees physical and mental health, ensuring they look after their teams and avoid liability for putting staff in an unsafe workplace.

There are 4 key themes to the current advice on getting employees back to work:

  1. Continue to work from home where possible – It seems obvious but if people are working well from home, then continuing with this or moving to a hybrid model (2 days in the office and 3 at home) might be the solution in the mid or even long-term.
  2. Carry out a COVID-19 risk assessment – Sorry to raise the “health and safety” beasts head. But this is very important. Think about how your employees interact during the day and how you might reduce risks. For example, if you have a common kitchen remove all glasses and cups. Ask your team to bring in their own glass or mug and to keep possession of this.
  3. Maintain 2-metre social distancing where possible and where people can’t be 2 metres apart, manage the transmission risk – If the entrance to your business premisses is less than 2m, you should ensure that only one person uses this at a time. Use signage and tapes to make sure your team and any visitors can see and understand this new process.
  4. Reinforce the cleaning processes – You need to review your cleaning contract with your cleaning company. You need to think about high transmission areas and how you continually look to clean and disinfect these areas.

Rules and guidance are constantly evolving. If you are a business based in London, the Thames Valley or Berkshire or and looking for one-off HR projects support or ongoing outsourced HR then you can contact us through our website www.optimahr.co.uk or alternatively you can call us on 0203 086 8387. We offer free 30-minute HR consultation on any HR topic.