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Staff homeworking survey response

You said, we did

You said: you wanted more clarity in communication from managers when homeworking, including being provided with clear expectations, timescales and feedback.

We did: we have developed guidance and support for managers on key communication practices and alternative communication approaches when communicating virtually: Managing homeworkers

You said: you struggle to switch off at the end of working day when working from home.

We did: we have developed guidance on how to look after wellbeing when working from home: Well-being when working from home

You said: 12% of you reported a decrease in productivity when working from home.

We did: we have developed guidance on how to work productively from home with practical advice and recommendations: Working productively at home

You said: 96% of you wanted to continue being able to work from home after the pandemic.

We did: we have committed to proactively support homeworking as a flexible working practice across the Trust.

You said: you asked whether an online chat tool could be implemented to enable ease of communication with colleagues.

We did: we are currently trialling Microsoft Teams across the Trust which supports this function.

Future 'we will dos'

  • Continue to develop the homeworking section of the HR website for access to training, guidance and supporting documentation for homeworking
  • Continue to communicate and ask for feedback on homeworking across the Trust, adapting practices and providing support where needed
  • Update the current homeworking procedure to reflect the findings and feedback from the staff survey

What next?

We are keen to work with colleagues to continue to make homeworking as effective and comfortable as possible. If you are interested in joining a focus group that will help the Trust with ideas on how to improve homeworking, please contact Emily Leach, HR Manager.

Email: Emily.Leach@uhb.nhs.uk

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