As further lockdown restrictions begin to lift, many companies have started the process of bringing their employees off furlough and back into the workforce. While many members of staff will be eager to return to work, the impact of the past four months may cause some to feel apprehensive about their return to work.
To help, we’ve put together a useful guide which we hope will make the return to work after furlough a reassuring and encouraging process.
If you’ve been on furlough for a considerable amount of time, it’s normal that any daily routine you had went out the window. You may not have set an alarm from the past few months, but if you’re returning to work it’s important to adjust back into your old routine as quickly as possible. This can be achieved in a number of ways:
Despite best intentions, it’s important to remember that things may arise that you didn’t plan for. This is a new experience for everyone, and so your first few weeks back may be a little different from your previous way of working. By being flexible and able to adapt to situations, you’ll successfully deal with any issues.
If you’re happy to return to the office for work, or have been asked to do so by your employer, it’s important you’re aware of any health and safety measures that have been put in place. Your company should have completed a health and safety assessment before reopening the office to identify any potential risks, from which they’ll have developed a plan for employees to adhere to.
Read up on your company’s policy ahead of your first day back to gain a good understanding of what is expected and raise any queries you have ahead of this. If you feel uncomfortable at any point don’t be afraid to speak up. Similarly, if colleagues come across as anxious or cautious around you respect this and give them the space they need.
If you’re apprehensive about using public transport to return to work, speak to your manager. You may be able to continue working from home or alter your hours so you’re not travelling during peak rush hour times.
Having regular communications with your manager can help relieve any concerns you may have about your return to work. This will allow you to develop a plan of action as to how you will address these concerns before your return to work.
At the same time – and if you feel comfortable doing so – raise any issues or changes to your own circumstances you think your line manager should know about, especially if these might have an impact on your work. Your line manager will be understanding and considerate of any concerns raised.
For any assistance with your recruitment needs over the coming months – or for advice on how to fully prepare for your return to work after furlough – please contact us today. We’ll be more than happy to put you in touch with one of our specialist consultants:
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