In this, the first in our new series of podcasts on the Future of Work, Employment Partner Olivia Sinfield is joined by Mary Lawrence, Partner in our Health and Safety team, to discuss the health and safety implications relevant to hybrid working. In the last 18 months or so since the pandemic, businesses have had to look at a range of issues and challenges and adapt accordingly to the increasing number of employees who were put in the position of having to work from home.
In this podcast, we look at some of the health and safety measures that employers had put in place prior to the pandemic, what has evolved since, and what the focus will be as we move more and more toward a hybrid working model.
Aside from the provision of equipment and workstation set-ups, what is emerging and will be key, is how to promote well-being and manage mental health concerns. In addition, we also touch on some potential upcoming regulations such as the DSE regulation and the right to "switch off". And with ESG moving up the boardroom agenda, the health and safety aspects of this initiative are going to be even more important.
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