Guidance from Acas for employers and employees when working from home because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, highlighting both employer and employee responsibilities. It covers health and safety; equipment and technology; checking how systems are working; setting clear expectations; keeping in touch; pay and terms and conditions of employment; working from home and childcare; expenses; insurance, mortgage or rent agreements.
Health and wellbeing during the coronavirus pandemic
The COVID-19 crisis has forced many people to change their usual work practices and work from home for an extended period. This page gathers together ICAEW insights and externally-produced resources providing practical advice on how to maintain your physical and mental health while working remotely.
If you're feeling worried about the impact of coronavirus on your financial situation or experiencing anxiety during the outbreak – you're not alone. We urge you to get in touch with CABA for support and advice.
CABA could provide a grant to cover any shortfall to help you meet your everyday living expenses. There's no waiting period. While government grants won't be paid until June, a grant from CABA can be in your bank just a few days after it's approved. Financial assistance is means-tested and the level of the grant is based on your individual needs. Through CABA you can also access free legal advice, debt advice and benefits advice.
CABA's emotional support – including counselling – can help you deal with the emotional impact of uncertainty, anxiety and stress on yours and your family's mental wellbeing. Sessions are available over the phone and online.
Get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or visit CABA's dedicated coronavirus support page, which has more information on how they can help. This page will be updated regularly, as the worldwide situation progresses.
CABA upcoming webinars
|29 April 2020||
How to look after your mental wellbeing
|14 May 2020||Build your resilience
Being more resilient means you can recover more easily from unexpected change and stressful life experiences. If you're feeling like lockdown has worn you down, this webinar is for you.
|27 May 2020||Be more mindful
The uncertainty over the coronavirus outbreak has left many of us feeling worried and anxious. Regular practice can even improve the quality of your sleep and build your resilience to help you through tough times.
|On demand||Make the most of working from home
Tips to help you work productively from home whilst taking care of your mental and physical wellbeing. Available on demand.
||Managing teams remotely
Learn how to stay effective and support your own and your team's wellbeing while working remotely. Available on demand.
Guidance from Acas to help staff and employers manage their mental health at work during the coronavirus pandemic. It includes advice on working at home, support that should be offered by managers and employers, and information on an employer's duty of care.
Every Mind Matters, created by Public Health England, offers advice and tips on how to maintain your mental wellbeing if you need to stay at home. This guidance has been developed with experts and approved by the NHS.
Information from Mind about how to take care of yourself during the coronavirus pandemic. It offers practical advice for staying at home, how to maintain your mental health and wellbeing and support for work, benefits and housing.
Guidance from IOSH about how to protect staff and manage the health and safety risks of remote working.
Blog post from Business Healthy about ensuring a safe posture when working remotely, particularly when working from home for prolonged and regular periods of time.
Members of Rethink's Communications & Marketing Advisory Panel explain how the coronavirus is impacting on them and share their tips on maintaining good mental health.
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