With COVID-19 restrictions easing, we are finally seeing people returning to their workplaces. But it’s a very different environment to the one they left some months ago, both in look and feel and what will be considered ‘normal' moving forward.

Post COVID-19: how to ease your workforce into the ‘new normal’

With COVID-19 restrictions easing, we are finally seeing people returning to their workplaces. But it’s a very different environment to the one they left some months ago, both in look and feel and what will be considered ‘normal' moving forward.

So how can you support your workforce during this fundamental shift? We’ve put together some tips complete with the best information and from trusted sources, regardless of your industry or location.

Know what you can and can’t do.

Guidelines and restrictions are easing as part of the 3-step COVID safe framework, but can vary by state. Make sure you’re aware of what you’re allowed to do in your state and by business type. Here’s where you’ll find the most up to date information on restrictions by location and industry.

Stay flexible

With workplaces forced to implement widespread working from home, many for the first time, it’s become a realistic option for many.

Where possible, keep this option open for your people, but maintain safety measures around work from home practices. Make sure assessments are updated regularly and provide resources to help your people set up a safe environment.

Implement a framework

Keeping your people safe should be a priority, and the COVID-19 pandemic was an eye-opening experience for many businesses who failed to plan for such a far-reaching and devastating event. Moving forward, items like checklists are a simple way to help your people stay on top of new procedures, meet mandatory safety requirements, but also feel supported and protected in their jobs.

Safe work Australia provides excellent checklists to support your workers in embracing new standards in a post-COVID workplace.

Keep in touch

Ongoing two-way communication with your team as they transition back into their work environment is the best way to gauge how your workforce is going. Keeping the lines open will allow you to

Plan for next time

It’s impossible to know if there’s another pandemic on the horizon, but ensuring your workplace safety is firmly embedded and supported amongst your people isn’t a bad idea. The Risk Co. for Business utilises Safe365 technology to assess your business’s current safety and track your progress toward your goal to be compliant, beyond compliant or an industry leader. It also has over 300 workplace health and safety templates and resources, and a smartphone app powerful enough for logging and reviewing reports from anywhere.

Next Steps

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