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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Advice and updates on the rapidly changing situation.

Working during the coronavirus pandemic

What we're doing to keep our staff and our community safe.

At Uttlesford District Council (UDC) it is our priority to keep our staff and our community safe and throughout this pandemic we are following the government's advice on Covid-19 safety measures. Wherever possible our staff are working from home and where this isn't possible we are ensuring that Covid-19 safety measures are in place within the workplace.

 

Our staff have shown tremendous resilience during this time and working from home has proven to be very successful. It has not only enabled us to continue to deliver excellent services to our community during these unprecedented times, but in some key areas our performance has improved, sickness absence has reduced and a majority of staff have enjoyed a better work life balance.

 

Like many organisations, we are now looking at how we can embed this agile way of working into our future arrangements and have embarked on a transformation project called Uttlesford Moving Forward (UMF).

 

This is an exciting time at UDC as we will be giving our staff more flexibility on where they choose to work, whether that be at home, our current London Road site or at one of our two new office locations at Little Canfield and Stansted. These new sites should be ready to move into later in the year and will give us more choice of how we can come together, whether that be for collaboration, training, team meetings or social events, or just to touch down in an office in-between site visits.

 

We want to learn from the last year and move forward so our staff will not be rushing back to the workplace if they can work effectively from home. However, we appreciate that one size doesn't fit all and some colleagues would like to have the option to come into the workplace. Therefore, we are working on creating more safe working spaces at London Road to enable some of our staff to return at the end of June (government guidelines permitting) and through the Uttlesford Moving Forward project and consultation with staff we will be looking at implementing a future hybrid way of working model.

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