The official “work from home” guidance and requirement from the government is now lifted. Employers have the right to call you back in if they believe you are needed in the office. But what does that mean for you? Do you have a choice and what further arrangements you need to make?
The Employer’s Responsibilities
Every employer is legally obliged to provide safe working conditions for their staff. This means that the office must be well ventilated and with enough provision for hand washing and sanitising. In addition, commercial office cleaning and disinfection must be carried out frequently, especially if someone of the employees has symptoms or tested positive for coronavirus. Of course, clean and tidy conditions are important not only for infection control but to ensure the general health, wellbeing and productivity of the entire team.
If you are an employer and you are planning to call your staff back in, contact a professional cleaning company to arrange office or other type of commercial cleaning for your premises.
While some people are eager to get back to the office, others have found new comfort and peace in working from home. Many companies are happy to embrace hybrid working patterns and provide greater flexibility to their staff, but others are much less likely to budge. As an employee, the best thing you can do is speak to your employer and see if they are willing to let you split work between home and the office. Also check your contract. If it says you are required on site for the entire working week and your boss is unwilling to make changes, then you don’t have much options. You will either have to go back to the office full time or quit and look for a new job.
What would Going Back to the Office Mean for You
Everyone’s circumstances are different. For a number of people these will be extremely happy times, being able to socialise with colleagues, dress up and perhaps even enjoy commuting. For others, however, this transition will cause a lot of stress and create a need for additional arrangements.
Families with children where both parents are working away from home will have to look for childcare options. Especially now when schools are closed for summer holiday. Professional domestic cleaning, laundry and ironing services will also have to be considered. Going back to the office often means several hours spent commuting on top of your work day, so there’s very little time left to do the housework.
Some people may even experience increased levels of stress and anxiety due to mixing with others after such a long period of isolation. Making provision for good rest, mental health activities and wellbeing is very important.
At MiraKal Cleaning Services we understand that every big change can be challenging and we want to provide support when and however possible. Have a look through our list of professional services and give us a call whenever you may need one.