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COVID-19 – Return to work toolkit

Information to help you plan for staff returning to the workplace during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Scotland moved beyond Covid-19 level 0 and all venues and business can now open. Many legal restrictions have been removed, replaced by precautionary measures and good practice that organisations should follow to keep staff and others safe. The Covid-19 Return to Work tool kit is available at the bottom of this page, and you might find it useful to access our ‘Ill health and Absence’ section, where you can find information to help you support staff attendance, including supporting staff with health conditions.  

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We have produced a toolkit, including guidance and template forms, to help you plan for staff returning to the workplace during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. 

This guidance can help the process go as smoothly as possible, tackle any issues, and make your staff feel safe, valued and listened to. 

You can adapt each of the forms to fit your business.


This toolkit contains the following guidance and forms

  • a detailed description of six key actions to help you plan for your staff returning to the workplace
  • a flow diagram showing the key actions
  • an email/letter template to use for sending to your employees
  • an example of a staff questionnaire to send out with the letter/email
  • a blank return to work form with definitions to help you complete the form
  • an example of a completed return to work form – for a furloughed employee  
  • an example of a completed return to work form – for an employee who has been off sick before the pandemic 
  • an example of a stress risk assessment form for individual employees and teams.

Key actions

The key actions are

  • reviewing and possibly designing risk assessments to consider Scottish Government restrictions/guidelines 
  • sending your staff a return to work questionnaire 
  • making preparations like structural changes, new work procedures and additional cleaning 
  • having more detailed conversations with your staff 
  • beginning to go back to the workplace, including arranging for home working and additional support as appropriate 
  • reviewing the situation and having regular conversations with your staff. 
Go to the toolkit