Here in the UK, we’re currently facing a record-breaking heatwave, with temperatures due to soar to 40 degrees Celsius over the next two days. For many businesses, staff have gone back to working from home more frequently to avoid going out in the heat and being at the mercy of public transport, while others are flocking to the office for the promise of air conditioning. Whatever the case, adapting working locations in extreme weather is key.
It’s not just the hot weather that can impact on our working location. Winter brings months of uncertainty, slippery roads, and cancelled trains. Spring showers can flood roads and leave employees unable to travel to the office.
We all know the collaborative benefits of working in the office, but in some instances, the wellbeing of our employees can be compromised by working in the office. This is why it is important to have a contingency plan that includes accommodations for extreme weather situations, identifying the potential need for it within your business.
The benefits of working from home when adverse weather hits:
• Avoid potential of staff being stranded or put in an unsafe situation
• Delayed or cancelled public transport may impact the ability to make it to work or home on time, and road traffic is often affected
• Employees who have family or pets who are impacted by the weather can look after them
• Staff with medical conditions avoid being impacted by extreme weather
• Employees have access to appropriate food, water, and clothing at home
• Flexibility to perform any at home maintenance such as cooling or heating the house
• Faster access to schools if school closures occur
• Ability to move their workspace freely and adapt based on the time of the day
You may find yourself considering working from home more frequently, but worried about the impact it will have on your team, but managing your staff’s working locations when you have multiple business locations or hybrid or remote employees doesn’t need to be complicated. Our Working Locations feature enables you to monitor the who, where and when of your office and hybrid locations, ensuring you meet any regulations for staff onsite, proactive plan, and ensure staff can continue to collaborate through uncertain weather.
edays customers – to enable this free feature within your system, please visit the customer success centre or our knowledge base to learn more. If you are not currently with edays, but are interested in learning more, please click here to book a demo
Lewis is a highly skilled marketing professional with extensive experience in the HR and SaaS sectors. His writing focuses on discussing key topics and challenges for HR surrounding absence and leave management, digital transformation, employee experience and effective resource planning.