Preparing your workplace for COVID-19

I don’t need to tell you that Coronavirus/Covid-19 has become the number one priority for businesses.  

All of us are scrambling to find different ways of working, and planning for scenarios that we are not sure how will unfold. 

I have pulled together some valuable resources from different sources that I hope will be useful as you work out how your organisation is going to adjust to the new world.  

I will keep you updated as new information comes out.

I’m here for you if you want to talk through different scenarios and how it is impacting on your staff.

Working from home

The Government advice is that where people can work from home, that is the preferred option.  As an employer you still have a duty of care to your staff.  This checklist has been developed by Denise Sawkins  and can be adapted for use in your company.

Working From Home Checklist

Remember when staff are working from home they may feel isolated.  All of us will feel anxious in the coming weeks and months.  Consider how you will stay in touch with staff – e.g. video conferencing, virtual team meetings, I’ve even heard some companies continuing with virtual friday drinks!

Social distancing

If employees need to come into the workplace to do their job, this graphic is a very useful visual to tell people what social distancing means.

Social Distancing At Work Visual

What if an employee has COVID-19 or needs to self-isolate?

I’m being asked by companies what they need to do if someone is sick or has had contact with someone with COVID-19.  

This article from enableHR summarises how you should manage such situations, and what entitlements employees should expect.

Coronavirus – FAQ – enableHR (17 March 2020) – Australia

What if I have to reduce the payroll?

This will be a very real problem for many companies, depending how long this situation lasts for.  

Some businesses will have to make redundancies if they can forsee that their business will be severely impacted in the short term.  For other businesses, they may find ways of minimising the short-term impacts e.g.

  • staff taking annual leave or long service leave
  • reduction/changes in working hours
  • staff taking unpaid leave

All these need careful handling and negotiation.  Contact me if you would like to discuss your specific situation.

A quote I read recently summed it up for me:

“When all this is over, what we will remember is the way we treated each other”.

Feel free to reach out for advice or just a chat.  

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