The Labour Relations Agency have created a new, up to date guide for employers called Hybrid Working, and it offers advice on safe and effective working practices now lockdown restrictions have eased and we anticipate that the work from home recommendation will soon be removed.
The Guide Covers Various Topics
The guide covers topics such as Making Workplaces Safer and Working From Home and is free to all businesses. It also looks at subjects such as wellbeing support, inclusion, fairness, managing resistance and the associated legal implications of such challenges. It has been put together in consultation with business leaders and trade unions to help the transition from working during lockdown into a new phase of working practices. The Hybrid Working Policy can be used as a template by all businesses and adapted to fit the needs of their particular situation.
Lockdowns And Restrictions Have Had A Considerable Impact
Patricia Coulter, employment relations manager at the Labour Relations Agency, is quoted in an article on the Newsletter website, saying about the new guide:
“Lockdowns and restrictions have had a considerable impact on both employer expectations and employee preferences. Above all they’ve resulted in a cultural shift in how, where and the way we work.
“While the term ‘hybrid working’ is often quoted, the practicalities are not fully understood, and there isn’t a ‘one size fits all’ solution. Our guide will help employers best manage the transition, providing very practical advice and solutions to the 21st century workplace.”
Lockdown Has Had A Profound Effect On The Way We Work
Lockdown has certainly had a profound effect on the way that we work in our daily jobs and the way we interact with each other. Changes simply have had to be made and some of these changes could well be with us for months and years to come as we try to adapt to the post pandemic world. The terrible war raging in the Ukraine has taken Covid-19 well and truly off the front pages but that doesn`t mean that it has gone away completely or we can drop our guard altogether. There will be a shift in working practices but it will have to be with the safety of all employees in mind.
If you want to check out the free guide on Hybrid Working you will be able to find it by going to the website at https://www.lra.org.uk/ and scrolling down the page to the Practical Guide To Hybrid Working link on the left hand side.