Urban unrest generates call for employer flexibility on special constables
The unrest currently affecting the capital and various other UK cities is imposing a strain on employers and their staff who volunteer as special constables.
Anne Payne, executive director at employee assistance and wellbeing provider, Validium Group, has highlighted the importance of employers responding positively to the problems of their employees adversely affected by the London riots. The initial response of employers will affect the short- and long-term health of employees, so it is important staff feel concern is being shown, she told HR magazine.
Payne said managers would need to implement “logical, step-by-step procedures, in order to help affected staff best”. Crucially, she added, managers would need to take note of staff who are not showing up for work and not keeping in contact. In the current situation, these are the staff who will go most easily unnoticed but who may have the greatest need of help, she said.
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