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Over the weekend, the news outlook for the UK seemed bleak. We saw numbers increase dramatically in both those affected by the Corona Virus and those who sadly passed away from it. Companies began to put emergency plans in place, with emails flying into people’s inboxes about precautions to take and tips to prevent infection. We take a look at what steps businesses are taking and whether you can replicate them.

Sainsburys have introduced a no contact delivery option giving the suspected increase of online shopping – the idea being that the delivery driver will place your groceries on the doorstep or nominated space, ring the doorbell/knock on to let you know they have arrived and leave immediately, allowing you to receive your shopping with no contact with a stranger. This has its drawbacks of course – germs can survive on the handles of bags, there is no guarantee on delivery as no one to sign for the items, or what happens if wrong deliveries occur? But the premise is promising and shows that active steps are being taken on the recent advice of social distancing. So instead of canceling meetings outright, does your technology/office space allow for online meetings with clients? Can you discuss cases over the phone rather than in person? These steps ensure the continuity of good client care without the risk to your staff.

England's Premier League has suspended all matches from now until the 4th April, the date of which is subject to “conditions at the time”. Given how quickly the virus spreads between people, and how symptoms can be delayed meaning carriers may be unaware of their infection, postponing major gatherings and events is a sensible move. Do you have the capacity to move seminars and roundtables to later in the year?

And probably the most obvious proactive measure by far is allowing for remote working where possible. Many firms say their employees travel on busy commuter lines and are likely to risk contaminating or contamination. Major companies such as Royal Bank of Scotland, KPMG and the Financial Times have all introduced new flexible working policies that allow their office-based staff to work from home where practical or possible as a precautionary measure. By reducing the number of staff in the office, these steps also help protect those who must come in. Speak to your IT team to see if the system can support the volume of remote workers, check with staff to see if they have a suitable home environment for working, and look to get people out of the office environment as soon as you are able to without disrupting business needs.

Here at LR Legal we are continuing to monitor the official guidance and will implement any necessary safeguards to protect our clients, candidates and staff as needed. If you need to speak about your recruitment plans with our team, you can get in touch with us here or speak to your account manager using the details provided on their email signature.

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