Employee health, safety and wellbeing
Are you thinking about when, if or how to re-open your office? Have you taken into account how this will affect your employees’wellbeing?
Take a look at this new guide from Zurich Insurance’s Local Community Advice Service. It covers the following areas:
- Risk assessment and safe working procedures
- Agile/ hybrid working (working in different places)
- Office working from home
It also includes a section on Wellbeing and Mental Health.
Employers have a legal duty to protect employees from stress at work by doing a risk assessment and acting on it. Like many employees, staff within the voluntary sector have been working under challenging circumstances over the past 18 months. As we move back to more settled ways of working, it is a good time to revisit our risk assessments for mental wellbeing as well as physical health and safety.
The Health and Safety Executive has produced some Management Standards which are helpful when considering this area. The standards identify six areas of work design that can affect stress levels – demands, control, support, relationships, role, and change. They include guidance on how employers can take steps to address these areas.