A new survey shows 55 per cent of employers plan to continue with homeworking for the moment.
Over half of employers expect to continue homeworking for some time, according to a new survey.
The survey of more than 500 HR professionals by People Management found 55 per cent expected their staff to continue working from home for some time still, while just under a quarter were waiting for more Government guidance before deciding on whether to ask staff to return to the workplace.
Just over a third [38 per cent] said they had not found the government’s sector-specific advice on returning to work very or at all helpful. Some 67 per cent said they would be altering their workplace layouts in light of social distancing, 54 per cent said they would be staggering shifts, 53 per cent plan to hold fewer and shorter meetings and 49 per cent will stagger break times .
Two fifths (40 per cent) said they would promote back-to-back or side-to-side rather than face-to-face working which the guidance recommends when keeping two metres apart is not possible.
Nearly a fifth (19 per cent) of respondents said they would be introducing temperature checking of employees at entrances, but only 6 per cent said they would bring in regular virus tests for staff.
Sixty six per cent said they would have conversations about safe commuting to work before they returned. Nearly half (47 per cent) said they were asking employees to walk or cycle more to work, but just 33 per cent said they were promoting cycle to work schemes more heavily. Only 6 per cent reported offering to pay for taxis to get staff safely to and from work.