Workers worry about Covid protocols on return to work – Jobs.ie

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Adjusting to new Covid protocols and using public transport to get to
work are the biggest concerns for those who have yet to return to the
workplace
Two in five employees say they would like to continue working from
home full time while almost half would be happy to do a mixture of
both.
The majority of employees say they will be obliged to return to the
workplace once it reopens
Jobs.ie GM: “It is evident that there is a demand among workers for
flexible schedules that allow working from home either on a full time
or part time basis going forward. For employers, this should be a key
consideration when implementing return to work policies.”

Adjusting to new workplace Covid protocols is among the biggest
concerns for employees as businesses prepare to return to work on 13
September according to new research from e-recruitment platform,
Jobs.ie.

The research released today reveals that adjusting to the workplace
poses some concerns for employees, with those waiting to go back least
looking forward to returning to the daily commute to the workplace
(35%), adjusting to new workplace Covid protocols (28%) and using
public transport (13%).

Of those with the option to continue working from home once businesses
can reopen; two in five (40%) say they would like to continue working
from home full time while almost half (49%) would be happy to do a
mixture of both. The remaining one in 10 (11%) want to go back to the
workplace fulltime.

Commenting on the figures, Christopher Paye, General Manager at
Jobs.ie said, “For many businesses in Ireland, Covid-19 has made
working from home the new normal – even for those who didn’t think it
would be possible. Equally, for employees who may have been on the
fence about it before, it has brought positive benefits such as a
reduced commute time, or in some cases, the ability to work flexible
hours.

“Following the Government’s most recent guidelines which require all
businesses to return to working from home until 13 September, the
question now is whether working from home will continue to be part of
our everyday work life.”

Return to work policies

According to the survey findings, there are a mixture of return to
work policies being put in place by employers;

·         59% of employees say that they must return to the workplace
when it reopens

·         23% have the option to work from home for a select amount of
days per week

·         18% can continue to work from home full time if they choose to do so

In response to these findings, Paye added, “From our research, it is
evident that there is a demand among workers for flexible schedules
that allow working from home either on a full time or part time basis
going forward. For employers, this should be a key consideration when
implementing return to work policies.

“While some sectors will inevitably require teams to return to the
premises, others will find that there is room for flexibility, and
where possible, employers should look to incorporate this into their
HR policies to ensure that employees feel safe and secure in their
return to the workplace.”

Safety procedures and protocols

To ensure the safe return of employees to the workplace, businesses
are also implementing a number of workplace health and safety
protocols in line with HSE and public health guidance. The most common
safety measures being introduced include hand sanitising stations
(79%), more frequent cleaning schedules (63%) and reduced capacity
within the workplace (61%).

Mandatory face coverings (48%) and Perspex partition screens (36%) are
also among some of the most popular measures being introduced. A small
number of businesses (5%) are introducing additional measures to
protect employees based on their specific workplace like assigned
seating, one-way entry and exit systems and lift protocols.

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