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Covid-19 Managing the Return to the Workplace Process Conference

Time: 14:00 - 17:30 (if you can't attend live, register to watch the recording)

Cost per attendee: £195 + VAT 

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With a gradual return to work commencing, it is vital that employers are up to date on the latest legal, practical, and remote working guidelines and practices to ensure and manage a safe return for their employees. A failure to comply with Government and expert advice in organising and maintaining an effective workplace return can have the potential to endanger the health and safety of workers, as well as depreciate the output and productivity of an organisation.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a change in the Government’s advice for going to work from 1st August: ‘Instead of government telling people to work from home, we are going to give employers more discretion, and ask them to make decisions about how their staff can work safely.’ Employers must ensure they are well-informed and equipped on how to navigate re-opening and maintaining safe workplaces.

Why attend?

Considering official Government guidelines, as well as the advice and expertise of industry specialists, this conference looks at the key considerations when managing the return to work:

  • legal obligations
  • risk assessments
  • practical communication
  • remote working
  • mental health support

A CIPD survey found 41% of employers would support adopting further remote working practices if lockdown working was deemed a success. 34% of employees feel that working from home had a negative impact on their mental health. It is therefore imperative to find the right balance when managing workplace returns that suit the needs of both the staff and the organisation.

Conference attendees will understand necessary actions to ensure the safety of the workplace and the wellbeing of staff, whether they return to the workplace or choose to continue working remotely.

For over 20 years BFI has run pandemic planning conferences to help organisations create safe and effective strategies in the event of a situation that we are now facing. Over recent months, we have been providing the latest developments and information to help employers navigate the transition into managing a business remotely.

Which functions will benefit from attending

  • HR, Health and Safety, Business Continuity Planning, Occupational Health, Contingency and Business Continuity Planning, Recruitment, Resourcing, Legal & Compliance, Line Management, Employee Relations, Security, Risk, Compliance, Strategy, Operations, and all directors and staff with responsibilities within this area.


Welcome and introduction

Are you ready?: key considerations

  • Can your employees continue to work from home?
  • Who should return?: essential questions
  • Is your workplace safe?
  • Getting mutual agreement
  • Delegating decision to employees
  • Remaining closed until end of furlough
  • Full re-opening

Legal session

  • Understanding your responsibilities as an employer
  • Understanding your obligations across England, Scotland, Wales, & Northern Ireland
  • Insurance considerations
  • Trade Union consultations and processes
  • Risk assessments
  • Revisiting existing policies
  • Going beyond government guidelines
  • Health and Safety guidelines
  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Understanding the risks:
    • Liabilities in case of employees catching COVID-19 in the workplace
    • Whistleblowing hotlines
    • Avoiding discrimination
    • Medical testing and tracing: data issues

Risk assessment demystified

  • Managing the risks
  • Understanding your legal obligations
  • Society for Occupational Medicine toolkit

Tea break

The practicalities of communication

  • Strategies for supporting physical distancing
  • What practical measures are you taking?
  • Managing meetings and other interactions
  • Communal areas: canteens and kitchens
  • Travel and community
  • Personal Protection Equipment
  • Working hours: what are the options?

Working from home

  • Media and communications: help or hinderance?
  • Developing and managing virtual teams
  • Challenges and solutions
  • Scheduling and synchronising remote working
  • Communication and reporting: the new normal
  • Building solid remote teams

Mental health support


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