Returning your employees to work during the COVID-19 pandemic

First Voice magazine, the official flagship magazine of The Federation of Small Businesses recently approached Home – Beeiit to take part in their latest podcast.

The podcast is about returning employees back into the workplace, but before we jump straight in, please spare a thought for the bigger picture…

In the UK less people were travelling for work during the first lockdown in 2020 contributing to daily emissions dropping by 36%.

In May 2020, conversely in a survey conducted by the ONS found that 36% of people were spending more time outside during the pandemic than before, rising to 46% in July 2020.

76% of people who only worked from home left home for exercise, compared with 52% of people who only travelled to work. How has lockdown changed our relationship with nature? – Office for National Statistics

Those working from home were also more likely to visit a park or local green space than those who travelled to work (45% compared with 30%).

In 2018/19 there were 28.2 million working days lost due to work related ill health and non-fatal workplace injuries, Health and safety at work (hse.gov.uk)

During the same period 602,000 workers were suffering from work-related stress, depression, or anxiety (new or long-standing).

… and as a direct result 12.8 million working days were lost.

The risk of transmission of coronavirus remains high, as is the risk to human life for all of us, our employees, and their families, the communities that support us.

The social and environmental impact is huge

How do we get back to business safely, profitably, and sustainably? Getting back to business isn’t just about making our workplaces COVID safe, it’s so much more than that.

As business owners we all have big responsibilities to fulfil, that of the safety, health and welfare of our people, our communities, our suppliers and customers, the planet, and the future of humanity.

References:

Health and safety at work (hse.gov.uk)

How has lockdown changed our relationship with nature? – Office for National Statistics

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