This Planning and Preparing Staff’s Return to Work course has been specifically designed to help public-sector professionals confidently and safely return to the office.

Learn about the essential planning and preparation stages to help you phase staff’s return to work.

Attend our course to learn techniques to communicate and engage with employees to ease their return and alleviate their anxiety; identify the key stakeholders to involve with the transition and plan for the immediate and long-term return.

Learning Outcomes

  • Plan and prepare your staff’s return to work
  • Assess the capability of your workforce to return to work: mindset, wellbeinganxieties and other general concerns
  • Utilise communication tools to set out your organisation’s return to work strategy
  • Learn techniques to energise and motivate your staff before their return
All the Understanding ModernGov courses are Continuing Professional Development (CPD) certified, with signed certificates available upon request for event.

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09:30 - 09:45


09:45 - 10:00

Trainer’s Clarification of Learning Objectives and Introductions

10:00 - 10:45

Key Issues to Consider

  •  How has Covid-19 impacted working?
  • Assess the capability of your workforce to return to work: mindset, wellbeing, anxieties and other general concerns
  • Identify and overcome the obstacles to returning to work
  • Prepare and implement the changes to the lockdown rules: opening of certain venues and easing of the 2 metre distance rule
  • Remote working vs Office Working
10:45 - 11:00


11:00 - 12:00

Communicate and Engage with Staff before the Return

  • Utilise communication tools to set out your organisation’s return to work strategy
  • Manage staff’s anxiety before and upon their return to work
  • Learn techniques to energise and motivate your staff before their return
  • Confidently address fears and misconceptions
  • Secure buy-in and regularly update staff on the transition
12:00 - 12:45

Key Stakeholders to Involve

  • Identify and engage with key stakeholders
  • Explore stakeholder mapping techniques to help you map out key stakeholders
  • Secure senior buy-in to facilitate a seamless return to work
12:45 - 13:30


13:30 - 14:15

Psychology on How We Work

  • Discuss how Covid-19 has impacted views and approaches to work
  • Ascertain how it has impacted you and your staff
  •  Learn about the psychology behind how we work and how has it been impacted
  • Gain tools and techniques to help you and your staff best transition
14:15 - 15:00

Planning for the Immediate Return

  • Support staff with their initial return
  • Help vulnerable members of staff with their return
  • Learn how to phase people back in again
  • Create a “Return to Work” toolkit: health and safety checklist, review of systems and technology, re-assess facilities and contracts, staggered starting hours, and increased emphasis on hygiene
15:00 - 16:00

Workshop: Action Planning

  • Scope the future of working after Covid-19
  • Flexible vs Office working – pros and cons of each
  • Assess how the delivery of projects has changed: the ascent of agile
  • Discuss what will change and stay the same after Covid-19
  • Review what you have learnt from this period and how it can support you in the future
  • Gain from any positive experiences during this period, such as an acceleration in digital transformation projects and how technology has helped progress
  • Prepare for the return of furloughed and working from home staff
  • Discuss how to best manage staff performance
  • Learn how to manage staff who will be in the office and working remotely