Workforce planning and support
Information about supporting those who should come to work, and those who should not.
Nobody should go to work if their workplace is closed under current government regulations. Employers and employees should reference the Coronavirus (COVID-19): Scotland’s route map through and out the crisis for updates.
Some workplaces may be authorised to open provided they comply with the required protection measures. For updates and specific sectoral guidance please see the Scottish Government’s returning to work pages.
Companies should plan for the minimum number of people needed on site to operate safely and effectively. Current guidance is that working from home should be the default position, where this is possible.
Where that is not possible businesses and organisations are encouraged to manage travel demand through staggered start times and flexible working patterns.
All employers and employees should discuss their working arrangements, and employers should take every possible step to facilitate their employees working from home. See guidance on staying safe and protecting others.
There may be cases where some workers can perform their role from home, while other workers from the same employer cannot. If this is the case, employers should take measures to ensure that a responsible person is available at a workplace should any issues or emergencies develop. An overall risk assessment of the workplace may be required to understand which roles are needed in a workplace, if issues or emergencies arise.
It may be helpful to establish and share an emergency point of contact to all workers regardless of workplace setting.