Following the easing of rules post lockdown by the Scottish Government, recovery plans are now being put in place across Services. This includes introducing or increasing the number of front line teams in some service areas along with the re-opening of some workplaces in the coming weeks and months. Alongside this a number of frontline employees continue to attend work to deliver services to our most vulnerable in the community.

While there's no fixed date for a return for those who are working from home or still to come back to work, our approach to this will be guided by the Scottish Government's phased plan. This means no-one who can work from home should be back in an office before phase 4 and even then, the expectation is that working from home will continue. Different guidance is available for other work locations and this is being used to support these service areas.

When you do return, arrangements are being put in place to make sure you and your colleagues are kept safe and you have a big part to play in this.

  • Everyone in the workplace must take personal responsibility for physical distancing to help keep everyone safe.
  • There may be some changes to start and finish times for some employees to reduce the number of people in a building at any one time – this will be discussed with you.
  • Your manager should arrange a 1-1 with you to explore any concerns or issues you might have before you return to the workplace. For some of our bigger workforces, this may be done in larger group sessions
  • Risk assessments will be put in place for all work tasks/work areas. It is important that you see and understand these as you have a personal duty to comply with the measures to ensure your safety within the workplace.
  • We understand that you may have anxieties around returning to the workplace and would assure you that buildings won't open until the Facilities Management Team confirm they are safe.
  • Some of you may have issues with childcare and if you are a key worker this may be available at the hubs run by Children's Services. Further information will be available in due course.

We appreciate that this has been a difficult and stressful time for many of you and would reassure you that your wellbeing is very important to us and we are taking a measured and planned approach to a return to work.

If at any stage you feel you need support or would like to speak to someone, please contact your manager or HR.