To help make the transition as smooth as possible, we’ve put together some tips for returning to the workplace. As well as making the workplace physically safe, supporting the mental wellbeing of staff as they return is equally important. Here are some of our tips to help you determine the right way to open your working space.
Any back-to-work plan needs to acknowledge the profound changes to ways of working as a result of COVID-19. This is likely to have a longer term impact on how we all work, with research showing that:
Any plan will need to be based on the latest government guidelines, and you’ll need to be relatively flexible. As we’ve learned, circumstances may result in government guidelines changing unexpectedly. All plans should include a robust hygiene management protocol that identifies risks and touchpoints in your working environment. You’ll likely need to have a phased return by introducing a small percentage of the team to test any new procedures. Once you’ve assessed whether these work, you can start a more formal reopening.
One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is clear communication with your team. They should be kept in the loop so there are no surprises and everyone feels comfortable about what’s happening. Anonymous employee surveys are a good way to collect honest feedback, which will be crucial for a smooth transition back to work.
As changes to furlough come into effect and you start bringing staff back, it’s important these changes are recorded in your accounts. We’re continuously updating Xero Payroll with new features to support changes to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Xero are currently working on a solution that enables you to record flexi furlough, keep your eyes on the blog and social media to find out more.
Supporting your team’s mental wellbeing is key for a successful return-to-work plan.
Unmind, a workplace mental health platform, has put together a really handy back to work handbook: 6 steps to a mentally healthy transition. Check it out here
If you are returning to your workplace or managing staff physically re-joining you, we wish you a happy and healthy return to work!
If you have any questions or we can help you with furlough or any COVID-19 business support please get in touch. Email the team firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01858 289 189. You can also refer to our COVID-19 support page.
If you're taking some more time to return to the office and looking at cloud based solutions, get in touch to talk about Xero and how it can change your business.
Thanks for stopping by,
Charlotte & The Business Hut Team