Some people have been enjoying working from their home office. They’re in the comfort of their own home and according to Google searches, work related stress search terms are massively down in comparison to last year.While employees may be bursting to get back to the office, it’s important to remember that there will be important steps that you as an employer will need to take in order to keep members of staff safe.Some companies, such as Pure Commercial Finance, are going to be bringing back teams one by one, rather than letting everyone back at once. This seems to be a popular way of bringing workforce back, with many companies not expected to be back in full until 2021.Another thing to think about as an employer would be the employee commute and how they plan on getting to work. According to a recent survey by findandfundmycar.com, there will only be a 2% drop in those that will switch to another method of transport other than the bus. “There’s the issue of people being not able to get to the office safely – public transport is a big factor for some people,” Ron Moody, CEO of Connect Assist says. “How do the implications of public transport and needing social contact go against the fear of public transport during this time?” He sent around a staff survey to gauge employees’ feelings on returning to the office and finding out what suits them best. Employees should not be forced into doing something that they may feel unsafe doing. Social distancing is still expected to remain put where possible, and when in a shared office space it’s important to remind employees of this as much as possible. Employers and HR managers need to make sure they have the correct social distancing signage to encourage staff to keep at a safe distance from each other at all times. Offices, if they haven’t already, are also expected to undertake a deep office clean prior to staff returning. Shared spaces, such as bathrooms, should be cleaned more frequently and members of staff should be encouraged to use disinfectant where possible.
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