2020. What a year it has been. The new decade kicked off with a buzz of positivity, but along came a certain virus, Coronavirus, which has been killing hundreds of thousands of people, putting pressure on our NHS, destroying businesses and changing the world as we know it.

In our attempts to ‘flatten the curve’, the UK ‘lockdown’ has seen many businesses close whilst others, if possible, continue to operate remotely from homes up and down the country.

Now, as lockdown restrictions begin to ease across the UK, more employees are being asked back to work. Employers are developing strategies, devising new operational procedures, and implementing measures for what ‘back to work’ will look like to ensure the safety and wellbeing of their workforce.

This will be a phased approach over a prolonged period of time. Employers have a ‘duty of care’ for their staff, customers and anyone who visits the workplace, and should use this mantra as their guiding principle when transitioning their staff back to work.

Understandably, many employees will be feeling anxious and have concerns about their working environment. They will want to know that their employer is taking all of the necessary steps to support their health, physical and mental wellbeing – it is their right after all. The Health and Safety Act 1974, states that;

It shall be the duty of every employer to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health, safety and welfare at work of all his employees (Section 2(1)).

Failing to comply, could leave employers exposed to claims by employees.

But what are the key steps employers need to take?

First and foremost, employers should continue to adhere to government guidelines. Communication will be key to ensure employees are clear on the new working arrangements and that both parties are comfortable with the measures being put in place.

So, how can Concept help?

Concept Promotional Merchandise not only has to ensure our own workforce is protected and operating safely, adhering to the latest governmental guidelines. In addition, we can help businesses fulfil their ‘duty of care’ to protect their people with a few small investments. We have a wide range of products available that offer safety measures and barriers against coronavirus. These products will not only help protect your people, but also add that ‘extra’ caring touch to show employers care and value the team returning to the workplace to get the business thriving once more.

To make your life a little easier, we’ve put together the ‘Back 2 Work’ essentials pack which includes;

  •  Drawstring canvas bag 
  •  Safety snood  
  • Hand Sanitiser
  • Anti-Bacterial Pen
  • Stylus Keyring
  • Hi Vis Vest

The items are packed into a drawstring canvas bag making it a perfect ‘Welcome back to work’ gift that shows your employees, you want them to remain safe in their ‘new” working environment.

All packs can be branded, and contents selected and customed to fit your needs and budget. Concept is here to help.

Contact Bob Christie on sales@conceptpm.com to discuss your specific requirements or visit www.conceptpm.com to browse our extensive range of quality branded products and clothing.