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Tuesday 24 March 2020

 Coronavirus employee update for Tuesday 24 March 2020.


Staying at home

Following the government’s announcement yesterday we are providing guidance on what you need to do if your manager asks you to stay at home and agrees that you are not able to do your job from home.

Many of our colleagues who are key workers and cannot work from home will be in their normal workplaces and many more will be doing their jobs at home. This guidance applies only to those people whose manager has sent them home and has stated that you cannot perform your role at the moment.

If this applies to you:

  • Please make sure your line manager has either your personal email address or phone number so they can contact you during normal working hours. These details will be retained on your personal file.
  • Keep in touch weekly with your line manager - either by email or telephone.
  • You are expected to be continually available for work during your normal working hours and may be contacted to attend work at different times or undertake alternative duties at short notice. If you are asked to start your duties or alternative duties, you will receive normal contractual pay regardless of the duties undertaken up to your normal contracted hours.
  • If your contact details or next of kin details change then tell your line manager.
  • Keep looking at our guidance on our staff website – staff.derbyshire.gov.uk – and for government advice on gov.uk and NHS.uk.
  • If you are not well during this period then tell your line manager.

Please make sure that you do look after yourself – there’s lots of information to help you on our wellbeing pages.

Health survey reminder

Thank you to those of you who have completed our health survey. As of 5pm on Monday 23 March 2020, 24% of our colleagues had provided us with their details.

Our survey is focused on understanding our workforce aligned to the Government guidance surrounding underlying health and medical conditions and it is important that all colleagues complete the survey.

People with a Derbyshire.gov.uk email address will have already received an email asking you to complete the survey. If you have not received the email or know of colleagues who do not have a Derbyshire.gov.uk email address but can complete it electronically, please provide them with this link: https://wh1.snapsurveys.com/s.asp?k=158463327451

If you cannot complete the form electronically you can request a paper copy from your manager. Please return paper copies to Occupational Health, County Hall, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG or if you are able to scan it please email it to HRMI.Team@derbyshire.gov.uk.

The survey remains open and we are asking all colleagues to complete this by 5pm on Wednesday 25 March.

The data collected will be sent to line managers and, where necessary, they will agree alternative working arrangements with you.

Volunteer survey reminder

Thank you to those of you who have completed our volunteer survey.

As of 5pm on Monday 23 March 2020, we had received over 300 responses from our colleagues offering to work additional hours or carry out alternative duties.

The survey remains open so if you have not yet submitted it and wish to please complete it by 5pm on Wednesday 25 March.

As a reminder, we’re looking for volunteers from our existing workforce who may be willing to work additional hours or carry out alternative duties. This will enable us to make the best use of resources to support our communities and prioritise critical services.

If you think you could help, please complete the volunteer survey which asks for details of your skills and experience and also your availability to work.

If you cannot complete it electronically, you can request a paper copy from your manager. Please return paper copies to Occupational Health, County Hall, Derbyshire, DE4 3AG or if you are able to scan it please email it to HRMI.Team@derbyshire.gov.uk.

The data collected will be used to help support our critical services.