Leading employers came together recently to talk about how they have adapted to the coronavirus pandemic, how they have foregrounded employee well being and how they are optimistic about the future of agile working.
The lockdown experience shows agile working works, opening up a greater diversity in talent pools, including older workers, according to a new white paper.
The white paper is based on a roundtable, held on 21st May, which brought together diversity and recruitment experts from nine organisations to discuss the challenges facing employers as they seek to transition back from lockdown. The aim of the roundtable was to explore shared challenges, discuss best practice and look at what works and find ways forward.
In addition to agile working and how it can be used to help people with caring responsibilities and other workers who need greater flexibility, the employers discussed the need to support employees more during the pandemic, to acknowledge that, for several reasons, they may have up and down days, meaning it is important to check in regularly and ask how they are or use regular video calls to make teams feel closer.
Employer said communication was key and people needed opportunities to talk about their worries. Other issues around well being included the use of social media channels, such as a family chat channel, which can help build resilience and the creation of a page with mental health resources so that people can find what they need easily.
The white paper focuses on the role of line managers and recommends that they need training to support home workers. When it comes to furloughed workers, employers said keeping in touch and providing regular updates to furloughed workers is important preparation for the return to work and that people need to know how the workplace is changing and have an opportunity to ask questions.
Other recommendations include:
To read the full white paper, click here.