Identify if there is a need for the colleague to return to work
As the length of time that colleagues work from home continues, coupled with a date of at least April 2021 before there will be any change to current arrangements, some colleagues are finding working from home an increasing challenge and are asking about returning to offices on either a part or full time basis
This is primarily:
- because they don't have an adequate space in which to work from home or
- for reasons of their physical, mental and/or emotional wellbeing i.e. a recognised clinical need.
Whilst we need to continue to follow Scotland’s Strategic Framework and associated Protection Levels, we also need to give more regard for our statutory duty of care towards our colleague’s wellbeing and to do all we can to take a preventative approach.
Next steps for managers
- Read the return to office working guidance (available on the Orb).
- Save and complete the checklist (available on the Orb). Use the checklist if you have a colleague in your team who has been working from home and who has expressed a need to return to office-based working due to concerns for their mental or physical wellbeing. Colleagues can only return to office based working if there's a proven clinical need. This checklist will help you decide if a priority request to return to office-based working can be put forward for consideration.
If you can put additional support in place at this point which mitigates the need for the colleague to return to office‑based working, you should discuss this with them, put the support in place and continue to monitor the situation through regular dialogue with them. If there's nothing further that can be put in place, arrange a conversation to talk about a priority return to office‑based working.