Are your staff missing the workplace? If so, they’re not alone. A recent survey found that feeling ‘part of something’, informal conversations and having clear separation between home and work are the aspects of life office workers miss most. Some also miss their manager and the ‘me time’ offered by their daily commute.
But there’s one thing no-one's missing: the fears attached to going back to the workplace. A clear 84 per cent feel some form of anxiety about workplace re-entry during the ongoing pandemic. Coming into contact with the virus and the impact this could have on family health were cited as top concerns.
How to reassure your people
It's an employer’s role to ensure a safe and healthy environment for their employees. But employers face tough challenges in creating a Covid-secure workplace. Beyond implementing social distancing policies, there may be a need to physically adapt the workplace, or to stagger start and end times to ease congestion. But what about employees’ physical and mental health?
GPDQ's comprehensive Covid-19 workplace health programme can reassure staff and mitigate legal concerns, and has been tried and tested by leading companies. The service includes personalised individual risk assessments, PCR (swab), antibody (blood) testing, and physical and mental health checks – all of which can be carried out either on site or at home. With the addition of advice on the physical environment and planning for ongoing management of symptomatic staff, GPDQ can help you find an affordable way through Covid-19 that is tailored to the needs of your organisation.
According to Paul Roberts (pictured), CEO of GPDQ, the benefits of taking a proactive approach to workplace health more generally can have far reaching effects. GPDQ’s corporate clients have benefited from a reduction of up to 40 per cent in absence costs and a fourfold return on investment when implementing their GP-led workplace services. Services are delivered on site or remotely, and also include occupational health, physiotherapy and mental health support. Without staff needing to take time out for off-site appointments, employers were able to realise efficiencies while making it easier for employees to access the healthcare they need.
GPDQ is a trusted NHS partner, and offers a personalised service for you and your employees to stay safe during Covid-19 and achieve better health beyond.
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Survey conducted by Mind Gym and Censuswide, May 2020