Updates on COVID-19 (Coronavirus): Get the latest advice for businesses in Scotland on the response to the outbreak, including financial support and business relief
As businesses face into a period of uncertainty and change, it is even more important to be considering the wellbeing of your staff.
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Many people are experiencing a time of heightened anxiety which could be linked to uncertainty about their work, or due to their personal circumstances. It is important that you maintain regular contact with your staff about what is expected of them now, and keeping them up to date with any potential changes to their work.
For all staff, you can support them through this by sharing resources and expert advice to support their mental wellbeing during this time. Further details can be found on My World of Work's Wellbeing Support page. Sharing advice on how to cope during lockdown can be an effective way of maintaining regular communication with staff who are furloughed in order to keep them engaged in anticipation of returning to work.
Your staff may also be experiencing a wide range of personal issues during this time such as bereavement, addiction or domestic abuse. The BBC Action Line provides information on a wide range of topics so it may be beneficial to promote this to your employees to allow them to access information and support if they need it.
Changes in where and how people are working might mean disabled employees need new or different support to do their job. This will be individual to the person and their role so the best thing to do is have a conversation with your employee about what support they might need to continue to do their job effectively.
Advice on making workplace adjustments for disabled staff can be found on the Equality and Human Rights Commission.
For some staff, this clarity can be even more important. For example, those with autism may struggle with changes to their routine or may need extra time/support to enable them to adapt to change.
Scottish Enterprise can offer advice to businesses to help them adapt as lockdown measures ease, and their website contains useful information on funding available to businesses.
Advice for employers on how to support those working from home, particularly those who are also caring for children or others during this time, can be found at Flexibility Works.
For advice on how to plan and adapt your business during this time you can access support from Our Skillsforce. For advice on looking after the safety and well-being of your staff as you consider a move back to the workplace, please see Healthy Working Lives.
Where staff have been furloughed, it is important to maintain communication with them to keep them engaged and updated on any changes to the business. You should also consider what training or development staff might need to help them adapt back to the workplace. Further information can be found in the Returning to Work Planning Checklist in this blog from Scottish Enterprise.