The workplace has been forced to adapt, implementing some short term fixes to keep employees and customers safe. PPE, increased hand sanitising, extra cleaning and social distancing have all become common place across all working environments. As we look forward to 2021, we must focus on establishing further measures to allow businesses across all sectors to continue to operate within their working environment. Whilst we may not see permanent changes, for now we are going to have to learn to live with something we cannot yet control. Below we outline a number of additional measures that many more businesses may adopt to ensure the continued safety of our workforce for many months ahead.
Flexible working patterns
Working from home from a kitchen table has become common place. To some extent, where employees are happy and comfortable to continue, and employers are happy with their productivity, many will remain working from home for many more months.
For some employers though, there is a real need to have their employees on-site. For this to be done safely, employers are having to think about supporting a flexible workforce.
Flexible working hours and staggered working patterns can be implemented to ensure the numbers on-site are controlled and allow for social distancing to take place.
Rotating days in which different teams are on-site could also be commonplace. With shifts organised so that employees can avoid typical rush hour peaks on public transport.