Three Questions To Help You Clear Up Any ‘Essential Employee’ Confusion

While the idea of enforced lockdowns and crashing economies felt worlds at the start of this year, we’re just four short months into 2020 and facing exactly that. Life as we knew it has most definitely changed, and this has led to countless questions for business owners. 

Not only are managers having to consider new customer needs, but they’re also facing significant questions about their workforces since governments worldwide stated that only ‘essential workers’ who can’t operate from home should continue to leave the house. 

This has led to some confusion, especially within areas like construction. Distribution and postal workers, too, are still having to turn up. The trouble is that, if you aren’t careful, asking this of your team right now could lead to unrest.

After all, the health threats of leaving the house are rife, and could even breach the health and safety promises you made to your team. Hence why, even if you fit within existing ‘essential worker’ brackets, you might want to think about the following. 


Could you change your processes for remote work?


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Technological advances have made remote work not only an option but an inevitability for many. Yet, while offices have long since seen the benefits of this, industries such as construction have taken a step back. You can’t construct a building from home, after all, but that doesn’t mean you can’t change some processes for remote capabilities. Companies like Click Post offer printed construction drawings and documentation to make homeworking possible for even construction firms, and they aren’t the only ones. Software developers are also working to produce remote capabilities for even industries that once considered such options off the cards. 


Would you be able to work with a skeleton staff?

Even if changing processes don’t altogether eliminate the need for in-person working, a skeleton staff could increase safety. After all, the fewer people in the office, the less risk of infection, and the easier social distancing becomes. Simply ensure that only workers without the option of remote work head to the office. This might lead to slightly slower service, but the lives of your employees are more than worth that risk. 


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What does the future hold?

It’s also vital you start preparing for a post-pandemic world. Sadly, if you keep pushing your team to come to the office now, there’s more risk they’ll fall ill or experience significantly lower morale when this ends. By comparison, accepting that you can’t operate as you usually would at the moment puts you in a far better position. Then, you can return to a full-force, happy working team that picks up where they left off and finds a path back to booming business in no time.

Even if your team falls under the ‘essential employee’ umbrella right now, asking questions like these is essential for ensuring that you don’t push them unless absolutely necessary. These may be unprecedented times, after all, but you still have an obligation to do best by your employees, no matter what.

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