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NEW: Staff Survey key findings

A big thank you to those who recently completed the staff survey, which sought views on how staff have found home working during the Covid-19 pandemic, and what your thoughts are on returning to the workplace.

The survey was aimed at the 4,000 or so colleagues who are currently working from home, and received 2,441 responses - a fantastic return rate providing invaluable feedback.

The main findings of the survey have been analysed and are shared with you below under four themes; working from home, caring responsibilities, return to work concerns and support measures in place.

Download the results graphic here

Your views are important as we want you to feel confident about coming back into the workplace when the time is right.

Staff will not be allowed to return to buildings until risk assessments have been undertaken across all sites, agreed and consulted with trade unions, local infection rates are going down and a testing and contact tracing regime is established in the city. We will be following government guidelines at all times and will have robust plans in place for you coming into a building safely (including how you social distance, our cleaning regimes, access to kitchens and so on) before we give the green light to anyone. We are in regular contact with trade unions on the matter.

Whilst some staff are keen to come back, we ask you to please be patient whilst the next steps are formally agreed and implemented.

You will be kept fully up-to-date as and when there is more to say. If you have any questions in the meantime please speak to your line manager. 

 

Return to work plans

Update from Thursday 28 May.

Chief Executive Tony Reeves has updated staff on plans to reopen our workplaces. He writes:

Dear colleague,

I would like to take this opportunity to provide a short update on our plans around reopening our workplaces.

Firstly, thank you to all of you who filled in our recent survey about homeworking and for letting us know how you feel about returning to the workplace. More than 60 per cent of staff who are currently working from home took the opportunity to give us your feedback. We were delighted to see how engaged you all are, it is critical for us to be aware of your views.

I know that some of you have concerns and anxieties about returning to work, this is of course, entirely understandable. I would like to reassure you that your safety is our number one priority and we will be following government guidelines carefully. Working closely with our trade unions, we will also be undertaking risk assessments across all of our sites before welcoming staff back. Our plans include how you access buildings safely, continuing our robust cleaning regimes, how we implement social distancing, as well as use of kitchens, photocopiers and so on. We are leaving no stone unturned.  We will also need to be satisfied, as will our Public Health colleagues, that the local infection rate is going down.

We are continuing to keep our trade union colleagues informed of our plans and discussions. We have also started talking to partners such as Merseytravel to ensure all necessary measures are in place to protect you and give you the reassurances that you need before you return to work.

We will have more details to share with you next week, along with the results of our staff survey.

Please bear in mind that when staff do start returning to work, it will be a phased return, we are currently assessing how this will pan out across all of our services.

For those of you who are keen to return to work as soon as possible, our message is, please bear with us. We cannot allow this, until we are sure that we will all be safe and we have agreement from our unions.

Thank you for your continuing patience, your hard work and your dedication to ensuring all of our essential services keep going.

A special thank you to all of our colleagues who are back at work risk assessing our buildings and preparing for colleagues to start their return - your work is not going unnoticed.

Tony Reeves, Chief Executive

Staff Survey

**As of Friday 22 May, the Staff Survey is now closed**

Covid-19 has posed many challenges for Liverpool City Council and our workforce.

What is clear is that it has not changed our commitment to providing vital services to residents. Staff have gone above and beyond to ensure service users and the most vulnerable in our society have been supported throughout the pandemic. There is a sense of pride across the organisation that we have not let this challenge defeat us, and if anything, it has brought colleagues and services closer together. We need to hold onto this for the future.

With the easing of lockdown restrictions on the way, we know that more change is around the corner, and we need to start preparing now for the ‘new normal’. Quite what this will look like we do not know, but to help us introduce the right changes, at the right pace for staff, we would like to hear from you.

Please complete this survey and share your views on home working and how you feel about a potential return to the workplace. Your feedback will not only inform our short-term plans, but will also help shape our future, long-term working arrangements.

Complete the Staff survey here

This survey is anonymous and should take no more than three minutes to answer.

Tony Reeves
Chief Executive

 

IMPORTANT: Staff update on lockdown review - 10 May

Important information for all staff following the Prime Minister's announcement on Sunday 10 May, regarding updates to the current coronavirus social distancing guidelines.

The Prime Minister has announced some changes to the current social distancing guidelines that are currently in place to combat Covid-19.

Following the Downing Street statement, discussions will take place this week between the Executive team, Mayor Anderson and Trade Union representatives to assess the impact of the easing of the lockdown restrictions.

Further details of how workplaces and schools across England will be affected, will be revealed in Parliament tomorrow.

The Prime Minister’s announcement of this ‘conditional plan’ to ease restrictions, will not have an immediate impact on your current working arrangements. If you are currently working from home, you will continue to do so.

Your direct line manager will inform you of any changes that may need to be made to either your place of work, or your working practices.

The availability of the transport network will be a major consideration during this review by senior management.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this time.

 

IMPORTANT: Staff update on lockdown review 07 May 

Important information for all staff ahead of the Prime Minister's planned announcement on the lockdown on Sunday.

On Sunday the Prime Minister is expected to announce changes to the current social distancing guidelines that are currently in place to combat Covid-19.

The Prime Minister’s announcement will NOT have an immediate impact on your current working arrangements. If you are currently working from home, you will continue to do so.

Discussions are currently taking place between the Executive team and Trade Union representatives to assess future changes that may be required in our working environment.

Your direct line manager will inform you of any changes that may need to be made to either your place of work or your working practices. 

The availability of the transport network will be a major consideration during this review by senior management.

Thank you for your cooperation and patience during this time.

UPDATE: Thursday 7 May, 3.45pm

Instructions for setting up a work mobile

Following the announcement of a UK lockdown, managers were asked to identify technology that their staff needed in order to be able to work from home. 

ICT has now taken delivery of a number of mobile phones, which are in the process of being collected by managers so they can be distributed to relevant staff. 

If you are receiving a phone, you will need to set it up yourself. 

If you have recently been given a work Samsung mobile so you can do your job from home or a new location, view the mobile set-up instructions now. 

Policies and procedures

Did you know that you can access the council’s policies and procedures and you don’t have to be connected to the corporate network? Simply visit our policies and procedures section.

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