On 10 May 2020 the Government began to outline its plans to enable certain sectors in England to return to work.
While employees who can operate from home are advised to continue to do so, official guidance on the government’s plans for returning to the workplace continue to emerge.
Given that the timing and nature of any further relaxation of restrictions is uncertain it would be sensible for businesses to consider all the options and have the capability to move quickly from one scenario to another.
Employers need to plan now for what is likely to be a staged return to the workplace over what could be prolonged periods. Their guiding principle should be how organisations take care of their people and safeguard their health and well-being.
Many people will be concerned and anxious about being in workplaces or travelling to workplaces. They will want to know that their organisation is retaining their support for physical and mental health and its current thinking about flexible and remote working. This should be at the heart of any decisions and plans that organisations make.
The CIPD is urging businesses to ensure they can meet three key tests before bringing their people back to the workplace: