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Posted 17.03.20

 

In the face of COVID-19, advice has been given for people to work from home where possible and to limit unnecessary travel. 

We’ve put together some advice for businesses owners looking to implement working from home for their employees, and how they can be prepared!

Organise online meetings

If you use a cloud-based network or online systems such as Google, Microsoft, Skype, you can easily facilitate online meetings instead of face-to-face ones. 

If you don’t, there are plenty of other tools you can access for free online. For online meetings and video calling, you can use Whatsapp and Zoom. These are a great way to keep colleagues collaborating and holding each other accountable while they work remotely.

This can also work for your recruitment process; we can support you by facilitating online interviews to meet your recruitment needs during these challenging times!

Be flexible

Some of your employees who are working from home may have child care dependencies to consider as some schools have made independent decisions to close. 

This means they may need to work slightly different hours to complete their usual tasks, which should be taken into consideration. If your employee would prefer to take paid or unpaid leave, consider being flexible with their holiday allowance too. 

Provide support

Some employees may struggle with working from home for a number of reasons; in this case, be supportive and try to find a method of remote working that suits them. This may entail supporting them with tech, hardware, or providing a structure to manage the tasks they can complete. 

Advice for employees

If any of your employees are showing symptoms of COVID-19 or have been in contact with someone who has returned from an affected area or is a confirmed case, they should use the online NHS 111 coronavirus service to obtain medical help or advice on what to do. 

Video interviews, telephone screening and online testing are just some of the ways we can support your recruitment needs during this challenging time. Get in touch today to see how we can help!

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