Malta has commenced its coordinated return to a new normal with the partial relaxation of COVID-19 measures. Organisations are considering whether to restart their workplace or continue working remotely. Bringing your people back onsite successfully is not as simple as flipping a switch. New working parameters means returning employees and customers will experience a work environment that is very different to what they previously knew.
We have highlighted five main challenges and tips:
In the wake of the COVID-19 outbreak, many organisations and employees have been left wondering: what practical measures can be taken to safeguard their business and employment now and for the future? Throughout the current situation it is clear that some down time or disruption to normal operating activity has occurred, leaving gaps of time for employees which can be better utilised.
Read through our tips for the workforce and their leaders to use downtime for upskilling, so as to prepare for the challenges of tomorrow, today.
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Amidst the economic disruption being faced, businesses that can still operate are being challenged with how best to ensure business continuity. In the case of these businesses, not everyone can work remotely, and for some sectors employees still need to go into work.
We are sharing with you a few appropriate workplace measures that you can adopt to continue running your operation while minimising the risks of community spread of the COVID-19 virus and sustaining productivity levels.
In terms of the Protection of Vulnerable Persons Order, 2020 (L.N. 111 of 2020), an order has been issued by the Superintendent of Public Health whereby ‘vulnerable persons’ are to remain segregated in their residence, as a measure to reduce, remove or eliminate the threat to public health.
In this regard, persons who are employed in the private sector and who after 27th March 2020 due to the impact of COVID-19:
may apply for a Medical Benefit.
Eligible persons will receive a direct payment of €166.15 per week (full-time) or €103.85 per week (part-time), as well as enjoy other listed benefits
As the COVID-19 response evolves, organisations are experiencing significant operational, financial and liquidity challenges. In order to ensure these challenges can be addressed, the number one concern aired by our clients has been how they can manage their cash pressures to ride out the crisis.
COVID-19 impacted businesses may have unclear cash positions and cash forecasts, resulting in an inability to identify any net funding shortfalls.
Read more about your quick guide on the three key steps which should be considered by Management Teams as they seek to stabilise their cash position through this period.
The impact of COVID-19 is causing businesses concern about their workforce. Every business and industry sector is being impacted differently. Some organisations are able to have at least some of their employees working remotely. In times like these, supporting your people to remain productive through remote working and resultantly helping alleviate some of their challenges is imperative. Using technology to its full potential to remain connected, working with children at home, concerns about their health and that of their loved ones, social disconnection and mental health are some of these challenges. We are amazingly adaptable, but we need to work together to help our employees work through these changes. Here are some tips on how you can support your people.
In light of the spread of Coronavirus and the precautionary measures being adopted by various countries, employers are facing a pressing need to implement remote and flexible measures which are beneficial for both businesses and their employees. Malta Enterprise has announced measures to support employers and also self-employed individuals who invest in technology that empowers teleworking. Such measures partially cover the costs incurred between the 1 March to 30 March 2020 for teleworking solutions.
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