reintroducing colleagues back to the office ‘the believe way’
Covid-19 has affected us all in numerous ways, with many of us working from home for the first time and large swathes of the workforce having to balance their work with caring responsibilities.
At believe housing, we were able to establish our ‘work from home’ arrangements for all colleagues seamlessly and as soon as lockdown commenced. This was largely due to the plans we’d put in place in the six months prior to lockdown, to create a more flexible and agile approach to where and how our people work. Something we call ‘working the believe way’.
This approach continues to be at the forefront of our thinking as we now begin to reintroduce our people back into our offices. We’ve considered how we ensure our colleagues are in the right place, at the right time, to do their job. And in many cases the answer continues to be ‘working from home’ for the foreseeable future. So, we’ve asked how we can support our people’s wellbeing in that case, ensuring all colleagues achieve the right balance between home working and a return to the office. And, we’ve had to fundamentally consider what working in a Covid-19 Secure workplace looks like, and how we ensure the health and safety of everyone when they do return to the office.
Like many businesses we’ve followed government guidelines and implemented Covid-19 Secure measures across our offices to maintain two-metre social distancing. Where this isn’t possible, we’ve implemented solutions to minimise the transmission risk. We’ve installed one-way and two-way circulation routes with dedicated ‘passing points’ and ‘waiting spaces’; provided hand sanitisation stations operated by foot peddle; installed sensors in our restrooms to signal occupation; and provided all colleagues returning to the office with their own personal protective equipment (PPE) including hand sanitiser, antibacterial wipes, and a face covering.
With these measures in place, we’ve given all colleagues the option to use a dedicated area of our office in small groups of up to ten people throughout July and August, to be able to hold socially-distanced team meetings or an informal wellbeing gathering. All sessions are booked in advance by managers and held on dedicated days and given timeslots. This is to limit the numbers of people on site, but also to ensure rigorous cleaning and hygiene of the space once it has been used. We’ve also provided every colleague with access to a short video around the Covid-19 Secure measures we’ve implemented and demonstrated how everyone must use those measures upon their return to the office.
Those colleagues who have now returned for their short team session have not only loved the opportunity to see their colleagues in person but have also been extremely thankful for the safety measures and the thought that the organisation has given to their health and wellbeing. But this isn’t something believe housing wants thanks for, it’s what ‘working the believe way’ is all about.
To view more information on how Believe Housing are providing services during COVID19 for their customers please go to their website https://www.believehousing.co.uk/