Is it essential? Is it safe? Is it mutual? these are the 3 test questions CIPD recommend you address before making the decision to bring employees back into the workplace - you can read the full article here... https://www.cipd.co.uk/news-views/news-articles/businesses-should-pass-three-tests-before-bringing-people-back-work?j=1027241
We all know that the impact of lockdown has played havoc with the mental health of most people, I don't think I have spoken to a single person who hasn't struggled one way or another, be it the occasional unusual low mood creeping in more frequently, the inability to focus, not sleeping or having to seek support from friends, family or professionals. In some ways it feels like the release from lockdown is heightening peoples feeling of anxiety and the prospect of going back into an unknown world whilst knowing the virus is still a risk is too much for some and a relief for others who for them cabin fever has felt more of a burden than the possibility of catching COVID19.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure the safety of their employees and the need for the focus to be on both psychological and physical safety is essential. To stop low level mental health developing into a medical condition what preventative measures could employers take to help keep their workforce healthy? Who has considered making reasonable adjustments based on a triage of an individual's situation?