Returning to the workplace from furlough or working from home

15 July 2020

Last week we moved into Phase 3 of the Scottish Governments plan for the easing of the lockdown which of course is very positive and for some of you who are working from home, your thoughts may have turned towards coming back to your workplace. The Government guidance and ASCO's policy on this however remains unchanged, those of you who can work from home should continue to do so. This is such an important part of how we can all stay protected and prevent any further spread or outbreaks of COVID-19.

Work to prepare our offices and sites for the "New Normal" is well under way and to deliver this and some other business-critical tasks, a few key staff members are being asked to return to their workplace. It is imperative that when we bring any member of staff back from furlough or from home working that we do this in a controlled manner that supports them and protects everyone from COVID-19.

Therefore, any line managers who require to bring a member of staff back in should speak to their General Manager and HR Advisor in the first instance, this request will then be passed to the COVID-19 Task Force for their consideration. When a request is approved, the employee will then need to undertake a COVID-19 e-induction before they can come back in. The HSSEQ team oversee this process and will liaise directly with the manager and issue a confirmation email with hyper-links to the COVID-19 e-induction pack. HSSEQ will also guide the manager through the process which will be tracked until it is successfully completed, and records kept.

Once the e-induction process is complete the Line Manager and the returning staff member will complete and sign the form "Record of Return to the Workplace Meeting". A copy of the completed form will be kept locally with the signed copy being forwarded to the HR Department where it will then be added to the individuals personal file.

The COVID-19 Task Force will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that our staff, suppliers and communities remain protected throughout this pandemic and we all need to remain vigilant and continue to follow these simple but important steps:

  • Wash your hands thoroughly on a regular basis for at least 20 seconds with hot soapy water
  • Apply hand sanitisers regularly
  • Maintain social distancing of at least 2m
  • Where social distancing cannot be achieved, wear a face covering
  • If you develop any symptoms, then self-isolate and book a test

Take care and stay safe,

The Task Force Team