Health and safety matters – manager responsibilities
CUH is aware that the speed in which some employees were asked to work from home may not have enabled individual risk assessments to be in place; the initial priority was to follow the government guidelines to stay at home.
It is assumed that there has been an opportunity for these discussions through 1:1s/catch ups/check-ins as well as a discussion about work-life balance and working arrangements during the 2020 appraisal conversation.
It is important to look after the health, safety and wellbeing of ourselves and our team members regardless of the place of work. There are additional risk assessments for remote/home workers to ensure appropriate arrangements are in place for the work to be undertaken safely. Any reasonable adjustments for staff with disabilities or health conditions covered under the Equality Act 2010 must also be applied to homeworking where appropriate.
For those currently working at home or for any new arrangements, managers should ensure the following risk assessments are in place:
Remote/home working and Covid-19 learning on DOT – Please follow this link to view a short (3 minute) video to summarise everyone’s responsibilities in relation to Information Governance including GDPR & Cyber Security and Health & Safety whilst working remotely. Staff are asked to access this, complete the relevant risk assessment forms and send them to their manager to confirm they understand the requirements to observe these important aspects in relation to working from home
Health and wellbeing
Guidance for supporting your team’s wellbeing, and managing stress levels and mental health can be found here, as well as the various Trust resources/support that are freely available to all staff.
It is important to understand the different pressures and issues that working remotely can create for staff and how managers can make sure there is regular support and discussion in place. This includes regular 1:1s/catch ups/check ins, remote team meetings, and for managers to stay alert to any issues that indicate the employee is struggling with remote working.
New requests for remote working during the pandemic and longer term
Where more teams/individuals are encouraged to work from home, or where an individual or teams request consideration of this, it is recommended that an informal conversation should take place between the manager and individuals to explore options and complete and discuss risk assessments.