The cold weather often brings on adverse weather conditions which in turn sets their own set of workplace challenges. Adverse weather conditions can lead to staff shortages bought on due to travel disruption.
Each year we all know its coming but how many of us plan in advance? Here at Aspire Cambridge, we discuss the potential challenges of adverse weather conditions with our staff and put contingency plans in place, do you?
Our advice is: don’t get caught out – have clear policies around issues such as travel disruption, getting to work and taking leave requests and release those to staff now.
What issues do you need to consider?
- Employees are not automatically entitled to pay if unable to get to work because of bad weather.
- Have a clear policy – employees need to know what you expect from them in terms of getting to work.
- Be flexible where possible – for example, could you and your employees agree to temporarily alter working hours to minimise disruptions?
- Use information technology to keep your business running. Can employees work from home?
- Plan ahead – misunderstandings often lead to conflict so be clear!
Illnesses such as Flu & Colds
Colds and flu mean an increase in workers calling in sick.
- Employers should ensure employees know when they have to contact work on the first day of sickness and should routinely hold back to work interviews when staff return.
- Employees should either fill in a self-certificate explaining their short-term sickness or they should get a Statement of Fitness for Work (also known as a doctor’s statement or ‘fit note’) if the illness lasts more than seven days.
If you would like to find out more about how we Attract > Engage > Retain, call the team at Aspire Cambridge today on 01223 855440; whether you’re looking for new vacancies, candidates or to retain your workforce, we’d love to talk to you.