CIPP QuickPoll: Returning to work after the coronavirus crisis

04 May 2020

Following the publication of a number of reports, including one from the BBC, that confirm that the government is planning to consider taking steps to allow workplaces to reopen, the CIPP wanted to ask its members what they believe the main associated challenges will be.

If you have a moment to spare, please answer the Quick Poll, which can be found on the CIPP’s News Online page.

It is believed that businesses will be required to implement additional hygiene measures when bringing their employees back to work, including the use of physical screens and protective equipment in cases where keeping a distance of two metres between workers is not possible. In addition to this, it is thought that hot-desking will be reduced to stop the spread of coronavirus.

Businesses may also be asked to minimise the number of staff using equipment, and to stagger working hours and break times to ensure that staff are not in close proximity to one another. Anybody who can work from home should still be encouraged to do so.

The Prime Minister, Boris Johnson is set to reveal a “roadmap” out of lockdown on Sunday 10 May 2020, and employers eagerly anticipate the information that could mean that they can adopt a phased approach to returning to some form of normality.

The guidance applies to the whole of the UK, but devolved governments have the option to make their own decisions about the best way to get businesses reopened, and their staff back to work.

Please don’t miss the opportunity to feed into research, and respond to the Quick Poll today.


The information in this article is accurate at the time of publication. For all the latest information, news and resources on how the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting payroll professions, visit our Coronavirus hub.