Advice on managing employees in a complex pandemic

  • 04 Nov 2020

From finding advice to supporting wellbeing, FSB Employment Protection shares its top tips for managing your employees in the months ahead.

Running a small business is never without its challenges. With constant updates and new guidelines being introduced as we move through the Covid-19 pandemic, staying ahead of the curve is crucial. 


Keeping up with the business world and getting advice when you need it is key. The following six simple tips will help you manage your employees in the months ahead.

Stay in the know

From support scheme deadlines to the usual business tax dates and staff reviews, as a business owner there are countless important dates in your diary. Getting organised and keeping a track of what’s on the horizon will help you to plan for the months ahead.

Keep safe

The health and safety of your employees, whether you have one or 100, is a priority, especially during these times. Staying compliant with new and existing regulations will help to reassure your employees and keep you on the right side of the law.

When you’re making any changes to your measures or processes, share these with employees so they understand how this will impact them, and offer training where necessary.

Ask for advice

Advice you can trust is invaluable, whether you’re reaching out virtually to your network of peers or asking a professional.

Before Covid-19, furloughing was a relatively unknown process, leaving many small business owners searching for advice and information on what to do. 


It’s always important to get advice before you act to avoid any employment tribunals.

Support wellbeing

The impact of lockdown and returning to work has a huge impact on mental health. If your team is back in the workplace, make sure they’re aware of resources that are available to them, and the places they can go to for confidential support.

Get answers

Whether it’s employment contracts or template letters, it’s important to tick all the legal boxes. We’ve got you covered – our employment specialists are here every step of the way to answer your questions.

If you’re unsure, you can call the legal advice line for employment support, or access hundreds of downloadable and customisable documents and templates from the FSB Legal Hub. 

Communicate with employees

Finally, simply talking to your employees about what they need and what might help will go a long way, even if you’re having to make difficult decisions about the future of your business. Talk to each member of your team with sensitivity and compassion.


FSB Employment Protection is free for members. Access round-the-clock legal advice on all employment issues, a host of online documents and templates, as well as insurance protection in the event you are taken to an employment tribunal. 

You can also access the FSB Covid-19 Hub here.


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