Inspire Summer 2020
The latest health and wellbeing news from Towergate Health & Protection
Welcome to the latest edition of Inspire, our quarterly newsletter, designed to keep you informed about the issues that could be relevant to your business.
In this edition we look at how businesses are adjusting to the new normal, with many preparing to go back to work.
You can also read about methods for engaging remote workers, ways to enjoy the summer, and how to protect your officers and directors in this time of uncertainty.
With the new government advice allowing more people to go back to work, it can be a complicated time for employers trying to balance the need to get back to business, with a duty to keep all employees and customers safe and well. The situation is made more challenging by the fact the rules are slightly different across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
We have compiled a quick checklist of the areas which all employers need to be considering at this challenging time:
When lockdown first started, working from home for those who were able to, was a great option, providing the flexibility to keep working, earning and stay safe at the same time. For those with children at home it also helped with the need for childcare.
But now, months later and with the likelihood that many teams will need to continue working remotely for much longer term, the novelty is bound to be wearing off and could be having a negative effect on the workforce.
With the summer approaching thoughts will be turning to holidays and how to make the most of our time off under the current unusual conditions. Although the travel and hospitality sector is gradually opening up, many will be choosing to stay at home this summer instead.
While employees might be tempted to cancel their leave and store it up for a big holiday next year instead, companies should be encouraging people to continue to take time off work, for their own mental wellbeing.
There is no doubt the current pandemic has had a major impact on the way we work, and the way organisations operate, which will be felt throughout the country for many years to come.
With some businesses closing all together, while others face up to what a new normal might look like and how to implement it, the pressure on directors and officers in companies has never been greater.
The Association of Medical Insurers and Intermediaries (AMII) has announced that the UK PMI industry has reached a landmark agreement to adopt the electronic transfer of underwriting direct between insurers.
The move follows an industry-wide consultation led by AMII Executive Chairman Stuart Scullion who described the breakthrough as “an immensely proud moment.” .