14 Jul 2020
There’s a lot of preparation that needs to go into reopening your business. But don’t worry, we’re here to help…
At Croner, we know how difficult the COVID-19 lockdown has been on businesses across the UK.
That’s why our software partner BrightHR has created the Furlough Navigator and Back to Work Navigator tools, to help you get your business back on its feet again in no time. Here’s how these exclusive software tools support you…
How BrightHR helps you get back to work
Log flexible furlough in seconds
From 1st July 2020, you can bring previously furloughed employees back to work part-time and claim grants for the hours they’re not working.
This means it’s more important for you to record furlough and log staff work hours carefully to claim government grants. To keep a secure record of part-time furlough, head to the furlough navigator. Click Add furlough to create a new furlough record or Edit furlough to amend an existing one. Then, select Yes next to the question ‘Is this a flexible furlough?’ and choose the days that your employee will stay on furlough. Hit Add furlough or Update furlough to confirm. It’s that simple.
Change furlough statuses in seconds
Although the Job Retention Scheme will now run until October 2020, you might need to bring back some of your furloughed staff before then.
To log this in BrightHR, head to the Back to Work Navigator and click on View furloughed employees on the calendar. Then, once you’ve got a good idea of who’s on furlough and who’s still working, you can head to your employees’ profiles and mark their furlough as finished. It’s that simple.
Set up staggered shift times with ease
As part of new government guidelines, you should stagger shift times to help maintain social distancing in your workplace.
Your employees will still work their contracted hours, but you’ll need to alternate their start and end times to make sure they don’t all arrive and leave at the same time.
To help you plan for this, head to the Back to Work Navigator and click Create back to work rotas. Give the rota a name, select a start date and click Add shift.
You can then create a tailored shift for one of your employees by choosing the start time, end time and break duration. Hit Continue to assign an employee to this shift.
Select Add shift to update the rota. Repeat this process for all of your employees and use the rota calendar to make sure there’s enough space between each shift.
Send company-wide notifications in no time
Use our quick notification tool to send important updates to all your staff.
Simply type out your announcement (up to 100 characters) and send it directly to your employees as an in-app notification.
This new feature makes it easier for you to communicate important information to your staff, such as when your business will reopen, as they can read it instantly on their mobiles.
Enable working statuses for your staff
As your business starts to get back to work, some of your people might return to the office while others continue to work from home.
To help you keep track of all your employees, you can enable working statuses in BrightHR. This lets your staff set a working status as either:
- Working from home
- At another site
- On a client visit
To give your staff permission to do this, head to the Back to Work Navigator and click Enable status for employees. Then on the settings page, click Enable next to Employee Status.
Get exclusive access to online training
BrightHR’s Back to Work Navigator comes with a free online training course (with more to follow).
It covers everything you need to know about returning to work after the COVID-19 lockdown. This includes how to prepare your business, manage social distancing, and control access to your workplace.
Plus, you even get a certificate once you complete the final assessment.
Access our complete content library
Get up-to-speed on the latest back to work guidance with our new content library.
It’s full of expertly-written guides, factsheets, templates, posters and checklists for you to read, download and share with your staff. You also get access to free webinars and video guides.
Head to the content library to get expert guidance on health & safety measures, HR processes, and restructuring your business.
Get clear support with COVID-19 risk assessments
Under new government guidelines, employers need to carry out COVID-19 risk assessments to evaluate the safety of their workplace.
To save you time and effort, we’ve created three risk assessment templates for construction workers, mobile workers and premise-based workers, for you to use as your own.
All you have to do is head to your content library and download them.
Store all your documents securely
With BrightHR’s unlimited document storage, you can keep all your important back to work documents in one place.
You can store letters, checklists and risk assessments in dedicated folders and set permissions levels so your staff don’t get their hands on sensitive information.
Get your business back on its feet again
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