CMI CEO Ann Francke OBE reacts to the Prime Minister’s Announcement on Easing Lockdown Restrictions

Ann Francke OBE, Chief Executive of the Chartered Management Institute (CMI), said:

"The Prime Minister’s words this evening signal a slow and steady return to the workplace for a small number of UK businesses - but with a welcome level of cautiousness.

What’s needed now is further clarity and a clear strategy for how the PM's roadmap vision can be practically delivered. Our members look forward to hearing further detail in Parliament tomorrow.

For those businesses that - following the PM’s address - will begin the transition back to their workplace tomorrow, detailed guidance is needed to help build the confidence of managers who will bear the brunt of the effort needed to make workplaces safe and covid-secure - whether that’s implementing social-distancing measures at pace or deciding how to get their staff to work without using public transport or how best to acquire appropriate PPE for their teams.

For the vast majority that remain at home, Government support should continue. Managers will need to concentrate on maintaining the mental health and wellbeing of their staff, remotely, over a longer period of time than perhaps first anticipated, whilst keeping productivity levels high. UK managers stand ready to get Britain 'back to work' when the right moment comes."


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