As the world slowly opens back up, and in the UK the government has also made announcements that from 19th July 2020, working from home will no longer be manulatory but up to the employers to make their own decisions around remote working.
So, where does the future hold of work and working from the office?
Even despite these new regulations the government announced that employers can now choose and decide if they would like their employees to come back in the office, there is still a lot of uncertainty with new rules and regulations being legal imposed on a weekly and sometimes daily basis.
Therefore, to keep your business resilient, we all need to be prepared to navigate further change after reopening our work offices.
Reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic is only the first step in these turbulent times. Keeping it open and operating is the crucial next stage for your business’s security.
We recently outlined how to keep working safely in the new normal.
In this guide, we move on to explain what to do if there is a COVID-19 case in your workplace, how to get plans in place for unexpected periods working from home, and the importance of regularly assessing workplace safety regulations.
As businesses and offices are allowed to reopen again, just one week after the UK’s “Freedom Day” on 19th July they saw over a record of 618,903 people that were ‘pinged’ by the NHS Covid app and told to self isolate.
In this new normal, businesses therefore need to know what to do if an employee tests positive for COVID-19.
How you respond will be shaped by government guidance of course, but you can have your own policy, too. At a minimum, this must meet your government’s legal obligations, but can also be used to implement additional precautions.
Government outlines advises that the employee stay at home for 14 days before returning to work, even if the office has fully reopened and they feel well after they have been ‘pinged’ and alert by the NHS app.
At a personal business level, your business may also want to find out who the employee has been in close contact with.
This could involve interviewing the employee, checking their recent meeting schedule, reviewing the seating plan and any hot desk bookings, and/or looking at the times the employee entered the office.
You may also require those who test positive or come into contact with someone who has tested positive to receive medical clearance from their doctor, or proof of a negative test before returning to the workplace.
This is not just about limiting the spread of COVID-19, but is also to look after all employees’ general wellbeing.
Even if your staff are working from home, you should still check to see that they are well enough to be working.
We are all too aware of the inevitable sudden and immediate closures without any notice, so we should all not be dependent on the government to give us a heads up on timescales of any future lockdowns.
We have already seen changes in government advice since the first lockdown.
Therefore, while restrictions haved relaxed and “non-essential staff” can return to offices, it’s a good idea to implement measures such as:
The future of work may involve periods of office reopenings followed by sudden closures. To reduce the impact of this, you want to make sure that your staff are ready for these changes.
To respond quickly, you need to be aware of what’s going on. Having up-to-date information at hand means you can make data-driven decisions and stay agile even in the toughest situations.
You can achieve this with Salesforce’s latest product called Work.com.
This features custom apps, expert advice, and training designed specifically to meet today’s workplace challenges.
You can use Work.com to see all the information you need in one place with Work.com’s “Workplace Command Centre”.
This profile will give your business an unified view and empower you to make data-driven decisions about reopening your office, as well as keeping it open - or even closing again if necessary.
The Work.com platform also enables you to train your employees on the latest changes in the workplace, helping everyone to be able to adapt to their new roles.
While the future of work may remain unknown, being agile will help protect your business - and your employees.
Salesforce’s Work.com has been built with both safety and resilience in mind.
Does your business need help to better respond to the constant change ? - why not contact us.
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