As lockdown measures begin to lift, staff will be returning to a new normal. The charity Mind have put together some advice and support to help manage wellbeing for those who have been working at home.
No industry or sector has been unaffected by the outbreak of COVID-19. People have had to make major changes to their daily lives with a priority to minimise risk to themselves and others they have contact with.
There is a duty on employers and employees to understand how to make the workplace safe, their role in that process and the need to be involved and comply with safety instructions.
Coronavirus in one form or another is here with us to stay so ongoing adjustments to working habits and the work environment are likely to be permanent.
In some respects it is easier for ‘essential workers’ who have been attending their normal places of work throughout the pandemic because a new way of working has already been implemented and any nervousness about the hazards of commuting during a pandemic have already worn off.
For those who have been working at home or furloughed throughout the pandemic the culture change of returning to their normal place of work will be enthusiastically embraced by some and not by others. Employers will need to be sensitive to that.