While many businesses in the motor industry - in particular in retail - require employees to be physically present, remote working should be encouraged, if travelling to work and interacting with the public could increase the risk of exposure to the virus.
If your company does not have a formal work-from-home practice, it is important to create and share a remote working policy. When reviewing remote working options, consider the following:
- Is the employee eligible by the nature of their job?
- Do employees have the necessary equipment or software installed at home? (laptop, phone etc.)
- What are the conditions of employees' home or alternative place of work (noise, internet connection etc.)
- Are there any data privacy, encryption or cybersecurity concerns?
- What video conferencing tool/s will we use to replace face-to-face meetings?
Recommendations for those working remotely include:
- Choose a quiet and distraction-free working space
- Have an internet connection that is adequate for the job
- Adhere to break and attendance schedules agreed with employer
- Maintain contact with fellow employees regarding remote working challenges