Dry and settled but turning cooler…indications of more unsettled, breezier conditions…whatever the weather, employers need to have policies in place to help your business cope during periods of bad weather.
With weather predictions changing daily in the tabloids from ‘mild for the time of year’ to ‘beast from the east to return’, planning ahead with a review of policies is never a bad idea to ensure you have clear communication strategies in place to mitigate any issues that may arise.
Acas provides guidance for employers on workplace issues over winter months
Winter often brings its own set of workplace issues. Adverse weather conditions can lead to staff shortages due to travel disruption, and seasonal celebrations often result in a rush to book annual leave.
We all know it’s going to happen but how many of us plan in advance? Our advice is: don’t get caught cold – have clear policies around issues such as getting to work and taking leave requests and communicate 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!
For more information view Acas’ adverse weather guidance.
Source: The Chartered Institute for Payroll Professionals (CIPP)