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May 2020

Courses to support workplace re-induction after COVID-19

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Sally Danbury

Sally Danbury

Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo APAC

HR leaders are being challenged with the smooth management of a safe return to the workplace, for everyone in their care, set to roll out in the coming weeks.

As we begin to enter step 2 of Government enforced COVID-19 restrictions and remote working starts to lift, we must continue to be responsible and adhere to shifting guidelines that are continually under revision review.  This way we can put our best foot forward to  ensure everyone’s health and to minimise further risks of a second wave of COVID-19 infection.

How do you manage communications and the wellbeing of your people?  We’ll help guide you and your workers to a safe return to the workplace.  

Is your COVID-safe plan in order?    

What is this?  If you don’t have a workplace re-entry strategy, fast adoption is needed to be safe and compliant. Many organisations are already working hard on their return-to-work plan to welcome their staff back to the workplace over the next few weeks - some as early as the 1st June (Australian state-based).

If your organisation closed its workplace to safeguard workers you’ll need to complete a ‘Plan’ and comply with current Directions, or risk fines of up to $5,000. Businesses that weren’t shut should still exercise best practice to protect themselves, their workers and those that could come into contact with them.

Re-integration of workers into their new working environment will require extra thought, high level communication and consistent varied format messaging.  Safe Work Australia has a useful COVID workplace re-entry checklist that will assist with key risk categories to keep you on track with your revisions. 

Workers will need to be re-inducted into taking extra care and responsibility with keeping distance protocols with colleagues, stricter hygiene protocols and to minimise their touchpoints in the workspace. This applies to individual workstations, meeting spaces, break out and lunch areas, bathroom facilities and access areas into and out of the building. In fact, it will require thoughtfulness from door to door, especially with transportation and where workers are utilizing public transport an extra duty of care will be required with managing distancing and exposure to high contact surfaces.

These practices will be considerable and yet this is a huge positive step in the right direction to getting our economy back on its feet.  Negative feelings resulting from the effects of isolation will have hit us all over these last months and yet we’re all in this together and looking to the future positively. Our peers and senior leaders want to ensure we can all positively adapt, be proactive and make the best of this new return to work situation.  Collaborating and sharing a space with fellow workers will be an absolute treat, albeit those first steps will be a tad daunting.

Maintaining physical distancing guidelines

  • To maximise worker safety, how will the 1 person per 4 square metre ruling affect your current workspace configuration?
  • “One-way traffic” is advised where possible to access toilets entry and exit points staggering start and finish times to lessen footfall
  • Minimise people density with breakout/lunch areas. Timetable breaks?

To reinforce these new workspace habits, position posters at entry points and in communal areas. An elearning course to inform and educate learners on the changes will reinforce what is required and promote the adoption of behavioral change. A COVID-safe workplace course can include resources to support further changes as we look ahead, and address individual challenges that may arise, such as higher levels of stress, and changes to the workplace culture while there is continued (yet reduced) uncertainty. 

Bolster workplace re-entry with key online learning 

Kineo Courses recommends that organisational leaders and heads of HR bolster this process with elearning to assist with worker reintegration. As well as considering a staggered return to work employing a 3/2 ratio of workplace and remote working yet also support the mental health of individuals as they re-induct themselves to working with others around them and the duty of care they have for themselves and others. 

Our top courses for workplace re-integration are: 

Stress Less at Work 
Designed to provide training for all employees in an organisation. The course provides an understanding of what stress is, how it presents in the workplace and a range of strategies to help manage stress levels and build resilience  in a restricted and changing environment.

Positive workplace culture 
This course provides an awareness on why understanding workplace culture is vital to your organisation, covering what a positive workplace culture is, how to proactively identify and reduce risks that negatively impact on workplace culture·and how workplace culture impacts on everybody in the work environment.  Understand the steps that can be taken to create, maintain or improve workplace culture. 

We’re here to help you reintegrate your workers back into your new functioning workplace. Whether you need support with Courses for compliance or for mental health, enquire here. 
 
 
 

Sally Danbury

Sally Danbury

Nurture Marketing Specialist at Kineo APAC

Since the year immemorial Sally has exercised an avid passion for creativity with words, images and Pilates.  She is most content in the workplace when crafting enticing messages that inspire and engage.