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David Price, workplace wellbeing expert and CEO of health and wellbeing provider Health Assured, gives employers advice about how to support the wellbeing of furloughed employees returning to work.
According to figures from HM Revenue & Customs, some 9.3 million people have been furloughed under the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. With lockdown restrictions being slowly and carefully lifted across the UK, employers from various sectors will be steadily preparing their workplaces ahead of the return of some, if not all, team members. But what about those returning from furlough leave?
If you have any team members who have been placed on furlough, the thought of returning to work after an extended leave of absence may cause a strain on their emotional wellbeing.
Depending on your business, you may have had team members working from home during the pandemic. For these individuals, the news of returning to the workplace may appear less daunting, as they have maintained some semblance of a work routine.
To help you navigate the wellbeing of your returning furlough team members, here are three tips to consider in the lead-up to your organisation opening its doors again to them.
If your workplace is not in a position to welcome all its team members back yet, there are plenty of ways to help your furloughed employees remain focused and stimulated during these challenging times.
It’s important to know that all of your employees, whether they have been working from home, placed on furlough or have remained in the workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, will likely have been affected by the virus in some way.
Whether it be physically or emotionally, the pandemic has taken a toll on us all, and while we begin to transition to the ‘new normal’, it’s vital that employers put measures in place to protect the wellbeing of their team members.
*David Price is workplace wellbeing expert and CEO of health and wellbeing provider Health Assured.