'Adapting' is the word of the moment across all aspects of life for us all, following the disruption we continue to encounter due to Covid-19. Along with following government guidelines that have been set directing our social and business behaviours, what changes may temp workers be facing in the near future?
Companies and employers have a duty of care and are required to carry out Covid-19 risk assessments, establishing control measures and sharing the results with both internal staff and the wider public where necessary. Extra safeguarding procedures are now needed and fully expected to ensure worker safety including extra hand washing stations, sanitisation, sufficient ventilation etc.
Agencies and businesses will need to review temp placements, in terms of how they view workers, to attract and hold onto the best candidates. Training, benefits and the opportunities offered need to be carefully considered and developed.
Remote interviews, screening and assessments will become standard practice within the temporary staffing industry and a change of work patterns may well be required involving less 9-5 working, and increased evening, night and weekend shifts. This will assist social distancing but maintain productivity and output .
Because of these new measures a temp worker will most likely need to be prepared in terms of PPE, allow more time when arriving at positions and expect a different start approach. A more in-depth induction - and in some cases training - before commencing, will become the norm, including areas such as:
Social distancing arrangements
Internal and external one way systems
Increased entrance and exists
Staggered start/finish/break times
Change of seating / work station area
Clearly marked areas and signs to remind of procedures
Agencies will need to ensure if transport is provided for temp workers, it now complies with current rules. This may involve extra shuttle runs or larger vehicles, with sanitiser and face masks provided.
With more time needed to ensure the safety of workers and the increased administration this brings, the correct recruitment software used to its full potential, is a great way to manage both compliance and support the extra requirements needed.