Coronavirus (COVID-19) Advice For Employers

Coronavirus (Covid-19) is a Global hot topic and understandably is causing a great deal of concern regarding how to contain the spread of the virus.

At this time, we are aware that Covid-19 was declared a Pandemic by the World Health Organization and the UK Government are meeting today to discuss the next phase of the plan to contain the spread of the virus for as long as possible. We do know that there is likely to be a spike in the number of people who become infected in the UK, however the UK government are looking to delay this as long as possible.

As a responsible Employer, you should be looking at ways to reduce the potential spread whilst best protecting the health and safety of your employees.

It is vital that you communicate with your employees to let them know when it is necessary to self-isolate (be that when they return from travels, when they come into contact with a coronavirus patient or they start to develop symptoms themselves). The list of countries on lockdown is changing continually, so you should stay alert and communicate changes.

Symptoms of Covid-19 are:

  • Cough
  • High Temperature (fever)
  • Shortness of breath

The symptoms are similar to cold or flu and are unlikely to be Covid-19 unless you have been in close contact with someone who has been confirmed to have the virus or have been to a country or area which is classed as being high risk in the last 14 days.

Protection

  • Simple hygiene measures like washing your hands with soap and water often, and avoiding people who are unwell, can help stop viruses like coronavirus spreading.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when you cough or sneeze.
  • Put used tissues in the bin straight away
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
  • Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth if your hands are not clean

What can I do as an employer?

It is advisable to make sure that you have items like hand sanitisers and enough anti-bacterial soap in your office facilities. You may want to consider developing a temporary working from home policy for your employees, perhaps look at applying social distancing measures in the workplace and cancelling events/socialising where necessary.

Understandably many clients are concerned about the spread of Coronavirus, and the impact this may have on their business and employees. Goodwille are keeping up to date with the UK government plans, notably the potential for school closures and the cancellation of sporting events. Please do contact us if you need help regarding any of these matters and we will help you with your risk assessment, employee communication and application of appropriate measures.

HR Management Tips

If you’re planning to set up a UK company or open a UK office to expand your overseas operations, getting the best from your workforce will be crucial to your success.

In fact, there are usually just two reasons why your employees aren’t performing consistently at their best:

1. They can’t
2. They simply don’t want to

Your staff either lack that essential something that prevents them from performing with excellence, or they never achieve what they are capable of because they simply have no desire to do so.

It’s important that managers think about these causes as separate issues, requiring different approaches and strategies to remedy them.

Employees who don’t perform because they can’t

Sometimes, irrespective of how much you ask, demand, instruct or cajole your staff for a certain level of performance, you just don’t get it, because they simply are not able to give it to you. Some employees are masters of the ‘can’t’ syndrome as an excuse for laziness and lack of motivation.

Tackle this by asking them one question: “What makes it difficult for you to do your job in the way I’m asking you to, with excellence, consistently?”

There are four legitimate barriers that could be the problem: physical barriers, time barriers, wherewithal barriers, and know-how barriers.

It’s a simple task to identify these barriers. If your staff are given an opportunity to communicate their issues without fear of recrimination, it will be easy enough to compile a list of problems.

The easiest way to eliminate all these barriers to performance is to listen to your workers. Most people will offer a solution to their problems given the chance; you might often hear them say, “If I was in charge of this department, I’d …” Ask your staff for their ideas and give them the power to implement the solutions. If the solution doesn’t work, give them another chance and praise them publicly when success is achieved.

Employees who just don’t want to

Having removed all the barriers to excellence, you have effectively left nothing for the lazy to hide behind. Once the “can’ts” have been removed, what’s left are those who excel, and those who clearly need replacing.

It’s never easy to replace staff but it can be a necessary evil. Staff members who perform to a high level will not tolerate lazy co-workers who they have to carry and may eventually become resentful or even leave for fear of not being appreciated. Therefore, getting rid of slackers is a necessary part of managing excellence; in doing so you raise the bar for everyone and reward those who have been carrying the dead-wood.

The first step…

Set your employees up for success by removing barriers and listening to their challenges and you will find the mystery of HR management simply disappears. For more expert HR advice, contact Goodwille today.