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Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to offices

To help employers plan for a gradual return to offices when the country moves beyond Level 0 of the coronavirus pandemic.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to offices
Principles

Principles

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce led on work to set out principles we should use for returning to offices.  This work was done in conjunction with trade unions and other business organisations. 

The principles agreed through this work were:

  • the health and safety of employees and customers remains a priority for businesses throughout levels 0 to 4 and beyond
  • we would encourage businesses to work with employees and trade unions to consider flexible working arrangements in their own contexts
  • a phased and co-ordinated approach should be considered to support the re-opening of offices to support employee wellbeing and economic recovery
  • a wide variety of models of working should continue to be promoted with businesses considering the unique situation for their staff e.g. hybrid models of office based and home working

First published: 2 Jul 2021 Last updated: 13 Aug 2021 -