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Remote Working & Working From Home Safely

Welsh Government Guidance: How and why we want to promote remote working

Welsh Government are exploring a range of options for a network of remote working hubs in towns and communities, in support of new and inclusive approaches. For more information, including further links to Welsh Government regarding embedding home working, click here. 

Remote Working Wales

Welsh Government are currently exploring a workplace model where staff can choose to work in the office, at home or in a hub location across towns and communities. This plan seeks to include the opinions and feedback of everyone across Wales at a time where, for many, remote working or working from home has become the norm due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you would like to help shape the future of the Welsh workplace, please follow this link to complete the survey by 26 March.

Getting the most from remote working

With working from home being a key means for many workers and organisations to keep going during the coronavirus outbreak, CIPD have been publishing a series of top tips to help you and your team to make the most of remote working.

To view these click here.

Homeworking and staying healthy

An interactive infographic to support homeworkers to maintain good posture when sitting and how to create a positive working atmosphere through adequate airflow, lighting, noise, rest and regular contact with colleagues. 
 

When someone is working from home, permanently or temporarily, an employer should consider:
  • How will you be keeping in touch? 
  • What work activity will you be doing (and for how long)? 
  • Can it be done safely? 
  • Do control measures need to be put in place to protect you?

For more information on protecting staff working at home, click here.

General Information & Guidelines

Employers should assess the needs of lone workers, including those working from home, on a case by case basis in order to identify and manage any risks.  There can be greater risks for lone workers with no direct supervision or anyone to help them if things go wrong.

It is important to ensure regular contact with employees to make sure they are healthy and safe.  If contact is limited, employees may feel disconnected, isolated or abandoned. This can affect stress levels and mental health.

The Health and Safety Executive provides information on lone working, setting up a home workstation, and recognising signs of stress.

 

How are you doing? 

The launch of Public Health Wales new ‘How are you doing’ wellbeing campaign, offers advice on looking after yourself and your loved ones during isolation, by getting you to ask yourself 3 questions:

  • Are you managing to stay connected with loved ones? 
  • What about staying physically well? Whatever that looks like for you… 
  • How are you feeling?

For further information, click here.