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Coronavirus: Your workplace questions

Steve Bridger

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Community Manager

26 Mar, 2020 16:59

At this difficult time, we'd like to offer people managers (and others) who are not CIPD Members an opportunity to ask questions about their specific workplace challenges.

We hope that collectively, the Community will feel able to chip in with guidance and signpost support and resources where these exist.

Thank you. 

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  • In reply to Arianna:

    Adriana the CIPD Published a guide Which Steve has highlighted on the separate thread on returning to work.
  • In reply to Keith:

    Nothing against Zoom as such. Zoom seems very presenter led however. Ideally, we'd like a solution where we can present something then set an exercise that we can see them doing.
  • Caroline - Chartered Fellow
    One of my clients (restaurant) will run out of money to furlough employees, they want to lay people off and use furlough to pay the notice period in June. Is this an option?
  • Caroline - Chartered Fellow
    One of my clients (restaurant) will run out of money to furlough employees, they want to lay people off and use furlough to pay the notice period in June. Is this an option?
  • In reply to Jon:

    There is no real reason you cant do that on Zoom I believe
  • In reply to Caroline Wilbor:

    Caroline Wilbor said:
    One of my clients (restaurant) will run out of money to furlough employees, they want to lay people off and use furlough to pay the notice period in June. Is this an option?

    I am a little unsure of what you are trying to do here. DO you mean make them redundant in which case it may well be possible to use furlough money to pay some of the notice payment due to them (the guidance isnt crystal clear on this )

    Or do you mean lay them off formerly using the existing legislation with minimum payments?

  • Supporting the wellbeing of employees are probably one of the many questions line managers are asking... "How can we support our direct reports to check their mental health, if we are working remotely?" I understand that it is not easy to pick up emotional behaviour when you are on the other side of the line... Are there any guidelines this group can share, maybe starting from basic, as to start conversation, what questions to ask?
  • In reply to Lourdes Resumadero:

    Hi Lourdes,

    We have sent emails to all staff working from home, wishing them well, thanking them for their hard work and acknowledging how difficult this has been for people. We've also sent details of www.mind.org.uk/.../ and the Breathing Space telephone number (although I think this is Scotland specific).

    We are trying to make sure our Managers contact staff a few times a week, but they are not all comfortable with having these conversations (we are working on this with training and guidance) so thought it would be better signposting the professional sites.

    Thanks,
  • I have been asked to put together a 'return to work' list for managers to discuss (and document) with those homeworkers who may now be returning to work (to ensure consistency) - my initial thoughts of areas to include are:

    1. The processes that have been put into place in common areas to ensure safety, e.g. social distancing, handwashing, workspace cleaning regime, shift breaks, etc.

    2. The risk assessment and measures that have been put in place for their specific department and role.

    3. Individual personal situations that we may not have been aware of whilst they have been homeworking, e.g. new health concerns (themselves/those in their household), personal issues (e.g. bereavement, childcare), their concerns and questions.

    I would welcome any comments/suggestions please - this is only my initial (rushed!) ideas - many thanks.
  • In reply to Miranda King:

    your best bet is to look at the CIPD guide to returning to work as a starter for ten
  • Steve Bridger

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    Community Manager

    11 May, 2020 16:56

    In reply to Miranda King:

    As says, Miranda... loads of resources here (and continuously updated)...
    www.cipd.co.uk/.../coronavirus
  • Is anyone else having problems accessing the discussion forum for "Coronavirus - HR response" I'm logged in to my account but I can't access this forum - it says I need to request membership?
  • Steve Bridger

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    Community Manager

    12 May, 2020 15:46

    In reply to Gemma:

    Hi Gemma - you should now have access! Apologies.
  • In reply to Lucy:

    Yes that is correct.
  • In reply to Steve Bridger:

    Thanks Steve, all working now :-)