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COVID-19 return to work readiness check
“The return to work readiness questionnaire is easy to complete with a fantastic turnaround time of results , the summary provided a very easy to read picture of our current position and highlighted what areas we needed to focus upon”.
Jane Mullin, Deputy Director of Workforce and Innovation, The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Why a COVID -19 return to work readiness check is so important?
COVID-19 has brought with it a tsunami of change to organisations. It’s not simply the amount of change but the speed of it. Implementing change successfully in any organisation is not easy and can be a complex activity, involving changes to processes, culture and new ways of working. Success will depend heavily on the readiness of the organisation and the receptiveness of its people to want to change to the desired state so that the required benefits can be realised.
The COVID-19 readiness check is an essential benchmark that enables you to be able to plan and successfully implement change. Unfortunately, this is often forgotten, when planning for change. There is so much to consider and a plethora of guidance that one can see how overwhelming this can be for an organisation.
What is the COVID-19 return to work readiness check?
This COVID-19 return to work readiness check provides a detailed assessment of an organisations readiness in managing COVID- 19 return to work. The questions are taken from a compilation of advice from several sources (Society of Medicine, HSE, CIPD) and experts in HR and workplace wellbeing. The report highlights strengths and weaknesses on key areas to enable organisations to develop a plan of action. Although the check will be kept under review and updated, it remains an individual organisation’s responsibility to ensure any advice given is up to date and accurate as knowledge of COVID-19 is still evolving and advice may change.
Whether you are just starting to build your COVID-19 strategy or have an established programme the report will provide practical information and guidance to ensure that you are COVID-19 ready.
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“Returning people to work following lockdown is a complex process. There is so much to consider and a plethora of guidance, so much so that you can see how overwhelming this can be for an organisation.
The power of this Readiness Check lies in its simplicity. Within 48 hours of completion, the organisation will have a detailed but targeted report, enabling senior teams to identify and reduce organisational risk and helping them to lead the organisation during this huge operational and cultural change.
The readiness check is divided into 4 core areas. There are two questionnaires to be completed; one for the Senior team and another for Line managers.
- Strategy and policy – Do you have a written strategy or policy for managing COVID-19 return to work? Have you identified key people in your organisation who will be involved in COVID-19 feedback and decision making?
- Culture and leadership – Are your managers/supervisors competent in managing in a new work environment? (This could be under new guidance or remote working?). How are they feeling about their roles in the new workplace environment?
- Workplace safety – Do you have a process to manage an incident at work which has led to someone’s possible or actual exposure to COVID -19? Have you considered how you will ensure ‘at risk’ groups within organisations are supported adequately?
- Wellbeing– Do you know how their wellbeing has been affected by lock down. Do you know how your people feel about returning to work?
Each questionnaire will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.
A detailed report will be provided and our consultants will discuss the findings via a zoom session.
“This pandemic is taking everyone on a journey. As a result, Individuals are working, behaving and thinking differently. The impact on the workplace and workforce is huge. Organisations have to plan ahead, consider future workplace design and consider how to stage return to work to ensure that they take care of their people. Our Readiness Check provides structure and clarity.”
Wellbeing4business Ltd has over 15 years experience in workplace health, delivering occupational health audits and designing/implementing some of the largest and most successful occupational health and wellbeing programmes in the UK and Ireland.