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Coronavirus: Returning to the Workplace


Introduction

The UK Government’s official advice is:

  • All individuals that can physically work from home should be enabled to do so, those individuals that cannot should return to the workplace where possible
  • Certain businesses should remain closed to the public (click here for details)
  • Businesses undertaking work on business premises or on-site that it is not possible to undertake from home should follow Government guidance on being COVID-19 Secure (see below for details).

All businesses should continue to follow this advice until the Government specifies otherwise.

What follows is general advice and guidance for businesses that are considering their options in terms of scaling up or returning to the workplace when lockdown measures change. It is intended to support businesses with their planning and preparation activity.


Working Safely During Coronavirus: How to be COVID-19 Secure

The UK Government have issued detailed guidance for employers with certain types of premises on how to be COVID-19 Secure and safely return to, or scale up the number of employees in, the workplace.

It includes a number of detailed measures on social distancing and hygiene in the workplace. Employers must use this advice to:

  • Carry out a Covid-19 Risk Assessment in ‘consultation with unions and workers’
  • Demonstrate that they are doing everything reasonably practicable to minimise the risk to workers
  • Display a five-point notice or declaration in the workplace stating they have undertaken a risk assessment and are taking steps to protect their workforce

For formal Government advice on being COVID-19 Secure Click Here.

DOWNLOAD THE GBCC BRIEFING HERE


The UK Government’s COVID-19 Recovery Strategy

The UK Government have released a three phase plan for initial measures to moderate the current lockdown.

  • Anyone who physically cannot work from home is now actively encouraged to go to work, while avoiding public transport where possible.
  • From the 1st June, provided that key conditions are met, some shops, primary schools and nurseries could reopen.
  • By July, at the earliest (again, provided that key conditions are met) some parts of the hospitality industry could reopen

For the full UK Government COVID-19 Recovery Strategy Click Here

DOWNLOAD THE GBCC BRIEFING PAPER HERE


Beyond COVID-19 Secure: Advice for Businesses on Returning to the Workplace

Complying with COVID-19 Secure guidance is a top priority for many businesses. However, there are also a number of other aspects for employers to consider from their workforce to embedding best practice. This simple checklist and Q&A provides a summary of key areas for businesses to consider when designing their plans across six categories:

  • Understanding Your Workforce
  • Preparing Your Physical Premises
  • Engaging Your Employees
  • Embedding Effective Working Practices
  • Communicating With Your Customers
  • Keeping Your Workforce Safe

     

 

Download Advice for Employers on Returning to the Workplace


Resources 

Official government advice on working safely during COVID-19:

Click Here

For business briefings
and Q&As:

Click Here

For a guide to returning to the workplace after COVID-19:

Click Here


Member Resources and Guides:

Video

In this webinar, economic development teams of both Lichfield District and Tamworth Borough Council’s to discuss the challenges and successes of their roll out of the small business grants scheme.

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Video

General manager of Solihull-based shopping centre Touchwood, Tony Elvin, talks to chief executive Paul Faulkner about how retailers are preparing to return from the coronavirus crisis.

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Video

NEC Group chief executive Paul Thandi talks to Chamber chief executive Paul Faulkner about the venue operator's blueprint to re-open, new measures to ensure exhibitions can be held safely, the future of concerts and live shows and what he would like to see from Government.

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Video

Solihull Chamber of Commerce and Solihull College & University Centre present a webinar about the future of further education following Covid-19. Speakers include Principal John Callaghan, director of employment and skills Rosa Well and SME accounts manager Nadia Davies.

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Video

McDonald's franchisee and Chamber patron Doug Wright talks to chief executive Paul Faulkner about his preparations for returning to work and re-opening his 20 restaurants

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Video

In this webinar, hosted by Future Faces Chamber of Commerce, Dr Uwe Napiersky, Business Psychologist and Team Coaching Specialist highlights some essential and evidence-based key factors of critical team dynamics, how to spot them, how to approach them as a team leader and to speeding up team learning.

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Video

In this webinar, Samantha Frampton, relationship manager at Solihull Chamber of Commerce, talks to Councillor Ian Courts, leader of Solihull Council, about how the council is supporting business through the coronavirus crisis.

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In this Q&A video, Paul Faulkner, chief executive of Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce, chats to Dan Cartter, head of innovation at SCC, about the firm's new thermal detector, and how it can help in the fight against Covid-19.

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Video

In this webinar, chair of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) Martin Temple, around coronavirus (COVID-19) discusses how the organisation is supporting business.

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Blog Post

10 things to consider for the return to work

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In tough times, don't lose sight of the long term . . .

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Has your business been impacted by Coronavirus? Contact your relationship manager or submit a message below:

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