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February 9th, 2023
Hearing about the coronavirus way back in January, who would have thought it would have led to announcing companies having to furlough staff temporarily? No company wants to do such a thing; however, it is important for companies to survive and come out fighting. It has been a challenging time for employees and employers.
It is still unknown for those who have been furloughed when they will return to work.
At such an uncertain time, it is sensible for businesses to consider their steps and have measurements in place over this prolonged period. When the lockdown restrictions lift, it should not be about getting staff straight back into the office.
If social distancing measures cannot be complied with at work, those staff that can work from home should expect to carry on for some time. Consider the risk of bringing everyone back, the approach should be slow and steady. Make your staff aware that you are taking it seriously and have certain procedures put in place to minimise the risk of infection.
The government have specific actions for businesses to take based on these steps
Different protocols may be initiated to bring back employees who were furloughed and those that have been working from home.
Communication is key, you need to reassure your staff and make it clear what is expected of them. The focus is to make sure that the organisation takes care of their employees and their health and wellbeing.
Making sure you are speaking to everyone in the workplace on their notice to return to work. You cannot expect staff to return to work the following day because the company sees fit to do so.
This is a hard time for everyone and whether it be good news or bad news its important to communicate with your furlough staff. It allows the staff to feel valued and supported by their employers. Due to this pandemic having a different impact across the whole of the world consider having a thought to everyone’s individual circumstances. As an employer knowing how each and every one of your staff are doing and coping will allow a better decision in these next few months and what is deemed fit for your business. Who knows working from home is something that your employer may consider in the future?
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