COVID-19: Home Working

By Youth Theatre Arts Scotland

Welcome to our COVID-19 Guidance Toolkit for youth theatres and youth theatre practitioners as we all navigate the uncharted and choppy waters of the novel coronavirus and its effects on our daily lives.

As the COVID-19 restrictions continue, those of us who are still working continue to do so remotely from home. Below you’ll find guidance and signposting to helpful information on working from home. If we’ve missed anything you think we should be sharing with the sector, please get in touch and we’ll get it added as soon as we can.

COVID-19: working from home

  • The legal firm Brodies have produced helpful tips on how employers can help to reduce the risks that prolonged periods of homeworking can have on employees’ mental health and wellbeing. They also have good resources on health and safety of homeworkers, and a temporary home working policy.
  • YTAS has also created its own home working policy which you are welcome to take a look at for reference.
  • Although workers may be away from the workplace, health and safety legislation still applies to their activities. The Health and Safety at Work Act and associated Regulations and Guidance should be applied. Read more at Healthy Working Lives.
  • The Scottish Government has issued guidance for workers and employers on returning to work safely.
  • The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) notes that the shift to homeworking will probably be more than just a temporary response to the pandemic. Their research states that 72% of Scottish employers expect increased demand for homeworking, with 36% saying they will be more likely to grant these requests.
  • The Law Society of Scotland have a great section on setting boundaries between home and work. It was written for parents returning from leave (such as maternity, paternity or adoption leave), but some of its advice could be read for homeworking too.

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