Coronavirus: Four things to consider when encouraging home working

With almost 600 cases of the new coronavirus confirmed in the UK, businesses are increasingly telling staff to work from home, if they are able to, in order to reduce the impact the virus could have on their operations.

Although the UK is currently in the first of four phases – “contain” –that aim to reduce the spread of coronavirus, an emergency Cobra meeting held by ministers this afternoon is expected to result in a move to the second phase – “delay” – where “social distancing” measures could be considered.

Depending on what these measures are, they could have a significant impact on workplaces’ ability to stay open and operate normally. In the Republic of Ireland, schools, colleges and other public facilities have closed and workers have been told to work from home if possible.

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