18 Aug 2022

Remote Working Debate Rages On

Working from home is up for discussion once again, as businesses seek to offer staff flexibility but also maintain productivity.

When Covid and associated lockdowns brought industry-wide remote working, for many it showed that the work could be done off-site, save the business thousands in overheads, and accelerate a new way of working.

Some companies embraced it permanently, but not increasing numbers are turning their back on the hybrid method.

Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group axed their ‘Frasers Friday’ commitment, allowing head office staff to work remotely, due to a lack of productivity, with senior management highlighting social media posts that suggested staff weren’t using the opportunity to work remotely.

Although a recent survey of 2,000 full-time employees across the UK found that 37% said they felt more productive when remote working, many company CEOs are eager to see their staff return to the workplace and get back to a previous normal.

That approach can lead to the inevitable rise in potential for workplace injuries, so it is important to know what obligations employers have in terms of employee health and safety.

Where can I find out about employer health and safety obligations?

The Health and Safety Executive is Britain’s national regulator for workplace health and safety. Its aim is to prevent work-related death, injury and ill health, and ensure companies adhere to their policies, which are enforceable by law.

What can I do if I’m injured at work?

If the accident wasn’t your fault, you can begin a claim for compensation. By law, your employer cannot sack you for making a compensation claim – if they did, you could claim unfair dismissal - and the likelihood is any compensation will be paid for by your employer’s insurance policy.

Winn Solicitors has a dedicated team ready to help you throughout. Call us now for a no-obligation chat about your circumstances and see if we can help you.

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