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CIPD responds to Government campaign for workplace return

Makbool Javaid, Partner - Simons Muirhead & Burton

The CIPD have responded to the Government’s campaign for individuals to return to their workplace stating that this should not leave them feeling pressured or duty-bound to do so. As the CiPD have been consistently advising, any employer contemplating such a return should only do so by using the following three considerations: (1) Is returning to the workplace essential? (2) Is it sufficiently safe to do so? (3) Is it mutually agreed with the worker? The CIPD also remind employers that working from home has proved to be a great success for many individuals and organisations. Recent CIPD research found that a majority of employers believe that homeworkers are either as productive as other workers, or more productive.  However, employers should take steps to support their employees’ mental health and address concerns they may have while they work from home. Managers should be regularly checking in with their staff, discussing their well-being and wherever possible ensuring decisions over working from home or returning to the workplace are based on individual choice and preference.

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