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Returning to work following COVID-19 shutdown


Programme Overview:
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in unprecedented disruption to workplaces across Ireland. For many businesses, it forced an immediate shutdown of work. Although we do not have exact timings for our return to work, it is vital for companies to prepare for the eventual and likely gradual return to work.

This half day course will explore the various issues likely to be faced by employers planning a return to work, such as employee communications, managing the transition back to work, health & safety matters, performance management, absence management or the role of line managers,

The programme is delivered on line by experienced Ibec Executives who provide members with advice, consultancy and training on a daily basis. Programme participants are encouraged to express their views and experiences. The programme facilitates participant discussion to ensure a thorough understanding of the key points and their application. Practical tips are also given in terms of managing a return to work following a shutdown.

Who Should Attend?
People managers and HR professionals who need to enhance their knowledge of the various issues likely to be faced by employers planning a return to work.


Programme Outcomes:
At the end of this course, participants will be appraised of the key considerations associated with planning a return to work. They will be able to put in place plans and procedures for managing the return to work following the COVID-19 shutdown.

Programme Schedule
  • Introduction to the programme
  • Communications planning
Communicating with employees
Communicating with customers
  • Planning for the return to work – OHS context:
Social distancing measures
Hygiene and cleaning controls
  • Managing the transition back to work
Current and future planning
Home working arrangements
Returning from lay-off and short-time
Returning to work after absence
Resourcing and redeployment
  • A changing workplace
Home working or remote working
Cost containment
  • Management of HR Policies
Facilitating employees’ on-going personal needs
Confidentiality and data protection issues
Attendance and absence management
Managing annual leave and public holidays
  • Managing stress on return to work

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    Member rate: €195
    Non-member rate: €250
    * Cost quoted per person

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