How workplaces will have to change to protect staff - Alone Together podcast

By Morven McIntyre
Friday, 5th June 2020, 12:11 pm
Updated Friday, 5th June 2020, 12:11 pm
Professor Martie van Tongeren is the guest on this episode of Alone Together
Professor Martie van Tongeren is the guest on this episode of Alone Together

As the coronavirus restrictions start to ease, some of us are returning to work - but for many, going back to the office can be a daunting prospect.

The latest episode of Alone Together looks ahead to life after lockdown, and how we can stay protected in the workplace.

Martie van Tongeren, professor of occupational and environmental health at the University of Manchester, tells the podcast that employers need to “redesign their work in a number of different ways” after the pandemic.

He said: “In the past, we’ve had a system where we say, ‘Okay, you can work from home if you really need to.’

“I think we probably need to turn it upside down now: so if you can work from home, work from home. And if you don’t need to go into work, don’t go into work.”

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The episode also marks the end of the first series of Alone Together. The podcast will return after a short break, focusing on how communities are adapting to a new socially-distanced way of life after lockdown.

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