So here we are again - lockdown mark 3; a reminder of what employers should be reviewing
Many of us will already be on top of the key points below, but at the same time it is also important to remember the lessons learned from the previous lockdowns and to revisit, check, validate and re-issue documents as appropriate.
Remember, employers have a duty of care towards the health, safety and wellbeing of their staff, and this extends to those who work from home.
Key Points to review and revisit:
- Home working policy – review, update and resend to all staff
- Temporary home working agreements – review, update & resend if needed
- Home working questionnaire/checklist – review, update & resend
- All employees should be reminded of the Company’s usual health and safety policies, including risk assessments and that these continue to apply even whilst working from home
- Do your employee’s have all the tools and equipment they need to productively work from home?
- The Company’s current data protection policy – review, update and resend to all staff
- All employees must be fully trained on the requirements of GDPR and how to maintain data protection in the Company
- Maintaining contact with homeworkers - continue to have regular virtual meetings through the use of Teams, Zoom or other software. Make sure all staff are able to contact who they need to, such as IT and management. Encourage staff to come forward with any concerns they may be having
- Homeworker inclusion - you should ensure that everyone working from home should be included in all staff meetings, training opportunities and important developments. They should also be granted equal opportunity for promotion, or other opportunities within the Company
- Wellbeing and Wellness support and tools to be resent to all staff – ensure everyone has the contact details of people and /or organisations they can contact should they need to.
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