Return to work | A simple guide to re-onboarding: How to bring your people back from furlough

A simple guide to re-onboarding: How to bring your people back from furlough

In the United Kingdom, the shape of the business landscape has been subject to seismic change as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Difficult decisions have been made.

In order to avoid mass redundancies, over 1.1 million businesses in the UK have had no choice but to take advantage of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). The scheme has now been in place almost 6 months and as of August 2020, employers will be required to contribute to employee costs in the form of National Insurance and pension contributions.

However, as we move forward and state support begins to taper off, a new challenge is emerging. For those businesses in the fortunate position to do so, how they bring people back from furlough is now a top priority.

What should you consider?

HR will play a key role in navigating the next stage in Covid-19 recovery and their actions will be firmly under the microscope.

When looking to bring employees back from furlough, there are a number of key questions to consider:

  • How do you re-onboard and re-engage employees who may have been out of the business for in excess of 12 weeks?

  • How do you prioritise health and safety considerations, mental health and wellbeing, all while supporting business needs to increase productivity and output?

For businesses considering a return to the office, how do you assess the risks? How can you ensure employees are comfortable and safe on their return?

It’s important to get it right

Aside from the formalities, re-onboarding is your opportunity to welcome back employees. It's a time to make them feel valued, to help reignite their passion for your organisation, and to remind them of your culture and values.

Feeling overwhelmed? We’ve got you covered.

Download this short guide for a breakdown of the re-onboarding process: what it is, why you should do it and some tips to get you started. It also offers advice and guidance on the return to the office, providing tools and templates to help minimise risk, and some practical examples from the HR community and beyond.

Download the guide