Posts Tagged ‘Coronavirus’

Employer Guide to Managing the COVID-19 Situation

Thursday, March 12th, 2020

Voltedge has developed an Employer Guide to Managing the COVID-19 situation to assist SME’s to practically manage this unprecedented situation.  We understand that all businesses, no matter what sector, now find themselves in a challenging and difficult situation with anxious employees and an uncertain economic horizon.

With all of the difficulties being communicated via  social media and other media channels, we have been focusing on developing robust and practical contingency plans to help you put an action plan in place to secure your business and support your employees.

Our Employer Guide includes:

Contingency Plan
A comprehensive template, covering Business Actions, Continuity Measures and Employee Planning Actions. It addresses all the elements you as a business need to focus on.

COVID-19 Virus Employee Policy
This template allows you to customise the policy with relevant contact details and can be circulated to staff to ensure they are aware of what is expected of them and what they can expect from you.

Short time / Lay off and Alternatives
Voltedge can provide full details and advice on the above and the implications of cost control for employers.

Remote Working Policy and Guidelines
More and more people are being asked to work from home and it can be daunting at first if it is not something that employees are used to. Providing them with a policy outlining expectations and some guidelines and tips on best practice will make the transition a more positive experience and provide more productive outputs.

This answers many of the current questions employers are being asked including information on the latest welfare / sick pay arrangements.

In addition to this pack Voltedge can advise you on setting up a Steering Committee who can then provide the relevant guidance and information to whole organisation in a structured and managed way.

As this is an evolving situation we will continue to keep you informed of any important updates, further business implications and government directives.

If you are interested in our guide and would like to find out more please contact us on 01 5252914 or email

RTE 1 Business Show with Richard Curran – Coronavirus in the Workplace

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2020

Co-managing Director Joyce Rigby-Jones was live on air on the RTE 1 Business Show with Richard Curran on the 28th February, discussing the impact of COVID-19 in the workplace.

Below is an extract from the business show. You can listen to what steps employers should be taking here.

Richard: We’ve also been inundated with queries about the coronavirus and how it might impact workplaces. 

Joyce: We have to be prepared for this. We now have been told we are at high risk and we have to all make sure that we have the proper processes in place. For employers, it’s really important now to make sure that we have a contingency plan, that we put in a policy, if we can, for employees, and we really communicate, because employees are very scared and nervous. We have to be able to show that there are plans in place and that we know what we’re doing.

Richard: Should you have the option of working from home? Should your employer offer that to you, if for example, the coronavirus arrives or expands in Ireland and more people get it and people’s fears grow?

Joyce: Obviously, some employers are very well positions to do this anyway and they will have remote working policies that employees can work at home. Other employers won’t be able to do this, they will be maybe in hospitality, retail, manufacturing, it’s just not a possibility. So what they need is a plan so if there is a coronavirus outbreak in there or near to them, that they have a plan of action to make sure they can mitigate the risks and the problems that will be caused, and also what tot ell the employees, if it’s a case that you think you’ve met someone who might have it, is that good enough to not turn up to work? There must be a plan that you work through and you go to the HSC, work through their advice and make sure that you do in a controlled and managed manner. 

You can contact Voltedge Management directly with any queries or concerns you have on 01 5252914 or email