Thursday, August 20, 2020

The Adecco Group, ManpowerGroup, Gi Group & Randstad release ‘Safely Back To Work - Best *Practices Handbook’*

India, 20 August, 2020: The Adecco Group, ManpowerGroup, Gi Group & Randstad, the Indian operations of four leading global HR services companies have released the ‘Safely Back To Work - Best Practices Handbook’ today. It is a comprehensive compilation of health and safety protocols that will enable businesses and workers to safely return to the physical workplace when the time is right. The report currently covers four sectors – Manufacturing, Infrastructure, IT/ITES and Pharma, Healthcare and Life Sciences, with more than 450 health and safety protocols and recommendations across these sectors.


The ‘Safely Back To Work - Best Practices Handbook’ has been curated with active participation from organizations across various sectors and Knowledge Partners - NASSCOM Insights, Organization of Pharmaceutical Producers of India (OPPI), Stanton Chase and Emotional Wellness Partner, YourDOST. Based on insights received, the handbook lists the measures that are recommended under themes: Workforce protection, Employee protection, Non-employee protection, Business Process Adaptations and Employer-led Health Interventions for each of the sectors.


This handbook is the first in a series, with the next one covering Retail, E-commerce and Business Services/Consulting. It incorporates practical guidelines and recommendations, which companies can learn from and implement as per their specific needs. The handbook also features a special section towards emotional wellbeing to enable organizations to take cognizance of this aspect while getting back to work safely.


Some recommendations include:

• Re-model the workplaces for greater spacing between employees to reduce the risk of infection.

• Create visual cues such as markings or projections on the floors and interfaces to indicate safe distances for workers.

• Use motion-control or touchless doors and interfaces throughout the workspace to minimize the risk of workers contacting a contaminated surface

• Leverage online channels to inform employees about the changes they can expect when returning to work. Increase transparency and give clarity about the current situation and the way that it is handled through communication that is more frequent.

• Stagger shifts and lunchtimes to minimize congestion on work premises, especially relevant if screening measures are introduced requiring more time to pass-through

• Separate the workplace into various zones with mandatory sanitization between each shift and recording of who is moving between each zone

• Identify and isolate critical employee groups


Speaking on behalf of the India alliance, Paul Dupuis, MD & CEO, Randstad India said, “The launch of Safely Back To Work – Best Practices Handbook is a defining moment for the India alliance. Workplaces across the four corners of the country are now at a critical juncture as they gear up for a phased shift from remote work to restart operations, supporting their employees with a safe, healthy and productive work environment. Organizing and implementing a safe return to work amidst the disruption of the pandemic requires a logical, systematic action plan and the alliance is leading the charge to support this process. The need to embrace agility, adopt new ways of working and workforce management, with greater emphasis on the mental well-being of employees has never been important than it is now. I am confident that Randstad‟s partnership with The Adecco Group, ManpowerGroup and Gi Group and the collective knowledge that we have gathered in this fact-based handbook will prove to be a game -changer to enable India Inc. to restart responsibly and accelerate their path to recovery”.

Marco Valsecchi, Country Manager & MD, The Adecco Group, India said, “It is imperative to boost the economic recovery by enabling a safe return to work for everyone and make work culture more resilient. Our alliance with Randstad, ManpowerGroup and Gi Group attempts to bring forward the expertise to identify and control work-related safety measures and protocols for our stakeholders and clients who want to build a sustainable and inclusive post-COVID 19 world of work. Besides providing robust safety nets for the vulnerable, ensuring job continuity, and job creation is vital. There is an urgent need to mobilize our collective resources to stimulate the economy. We have put together these recommendations as a strong attempt to address the safe return to the workplace.”


Sandeep Gulati, MD, ManpowerGroup India said, “We are in a formidable situation balancing employee wellness, redesigning the new normal while still staying profitable. By coming together along with The Adecco Group, Randstad and Gi Group, we have attempted to ease off some pressure by providing a ready reckoner of recommended safety guidelines and employee wellness parameters, which is a culmination of Industry best practices. We hope this helps our fellow corporates and clients to speeden up their process of getting safely back to work. These unusual circumstances need unusual measures and greater efforts – more digital, more connected, more wellbeing-oriented than we ever could have previously imagined.”


Marcos Segador Arrebola, Managing Director, Gi Group India said, “The impact of this crisis on society is enormous, especially for those more unprotected. With COVID cases in the country picking above 60,000 a day recently, the challenge to create a safe environment that assures the security of the workforce is more important than ever: leadership must act to ensure workplaces are both productive and safe. For this reason, the alliance created with Randstad, The Adecco Group, ManpowerGroup and Gi Group is willing to minimize the devastating effects of the virus into the economy and people‟s lives by creating safer workplace environments for us all.”


The complete version of the „Safely Back To Work - Best Practices Handbook‟ can be downloaded here:


Randstad India: The Adecco Group India:

ManpowerGroup India: Gi Group India:

About Randstad India:


Randstad India offers the broadest HR services portfolio ranging from Staffing, Search & Selection to Recruitment Process Outsourcing (RPO). The organization has a vast network of offices across the country to be within the reach of clients, candidates and flexi workers. The company, previously called Ma Foi is one of the leading players in the HR services industry in India for more than 25 years and became part of Randstad through its global acquisition of Vedior in 2008.The Randstad Group is the global leader in the HR services industry, active in 38 countries across the globe. Randstad India continues to focus on developing customized and innovative HR services, leveraging on its unique strengths of geographical presence and end-to-end capability across all HR service functions. For more



About the Adecco Group:


The Adecco Group is the world‟s leading HR solutions company. We believe in making the future work for everyone, and every day enable more than 3.5 million careers. We skill, develop, and hire talent in 60 countries, enabling organizations to embrace the future of work. As a Fortune Global 500 company, we lead by example, creating shared value that fuels economies and builds better societies. Our culture of inclusivity, entrepreneurship and teamwork empowers our , employees, who voted us number on the Great lace to Work - World‟s Best Workplaces 2019 list. The Adecco Group AG is headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland (ISIN: CH0012138605) and listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (ADEN) and powered by nine global lead brands: Adecco, Adia, Badenoch & Clark, General Assembly, Lee Hecht Harrison, Modis, Pontoon, Spring Professional, and YOSS. Website:


About ManpowerGroup:


ManpowerGroup®️ (NYSE: MAN), the leading global workforce solutions company, helps organizations transform in a fast-changing world of work by sourcing, assessing, developing and managing the talent that enables them to win. We develop innovative solutions for hundreds of thousands of organizations every year, providing them with skilled talent while finding meaningful, sustainable employment for millions of people across a wide range of industries and skills. Our expert family of brands – Manpower, Experis and Talent Solutions – creates substantial value for candidates and clients across more than 75 countries and territories and has done so for over 70 years. We are recognized consistently for our diversity - as a best place to work for Women, Inclusion, Equality and Disability and in 2020 ManpowerGroup was named one of the World's Most Ethical Companies for the eleventh year - all confirming our position as the brand of choice for in-demand talent.


About Gi Group, India:


Gi Group is one of the world‟s leading human capital solutions and services provider, offering services in various domains of talent acquisition and management. We have direct and indirect presence and strategic partnerships in about 57 countries across Europe, Asia, America and Africa. Gi Group has developed a strong expertise through its specialist divisions and dedicated local and international teams. A part of the 2.6 Billion Euro Gi Group Holding and a leading solutions provider in the space of Human Capital Solutions, Gi Group provides services in various domains of talent acquisition and management including Temporary Staffing, Permanent Hiring , Search & Selection, International Recruitment and Recruitment Process Optimization (RPO).


Gi Group has been present in India for more than two decades, helping clients implement highly crucial projects by hiring and managing great talent. We help organizations achieve accelerated growth by helping them acquire the right kind of talent and providing them with a continuum of Staffing Solutions, from short term to long term and incidental to strategic, for organizations of all sizes and across multiple locations. For more information:

About YourDOST ( Headquartered in Bengaluru, YourDOST is an emotional wellness platform which provides access to experts (psychologists, counsellors, life coaches and career coaches) and self-help tools (personality tests, motivational stories and psychoeducational content). With 900+ experts on the platform, users can reach out to them 24x7, anonymously for guidance related to COVID-19 related anxiety, relationships, career, academics, sexual wellness, self-improvement and more. Founded by Mr. Puneet Manuja, an IIM- Bangalore alumnus and Ms. Richa Singh, an IIT-Guwahati alumna in 2015, YourDOST has so far impacted over 2 Million lives in India. They have also collaborated with 100+ organisations (some of the top corporates and colleges) for providing emotional wellness services to their employees and community.


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