The guide should serve to give employers ideas as to what actions can be taken in order to keep up the level of productivity, and simultaneously make employees feel pleasant and safe at their workspace.
The recommendations, contained in the Guide are of instructive and non-binding nature, and are mostly based on maintaining physical and mental health of employees. There are no clearly defined obligations of the employer, which if violated, would lead to certain sanctions, since these are not prescribed nor point to application of other penal provisions.
Although not using the imperative voice, nor threatening with fines if the recommendations are not fulfilled, it is recommended that employers follow them, as well as organize their business and work in accordance with the Ministry’s recommendations.
An advantage is given to one of the basic obligations of the employer, and that is securing safe working conditions. Providing such working conditions are in the Guide, and it is insisted upon if a certain number of employees work in the employer’s premises.
If the employers encounter difficulties, the Control list contains detailed items, which should be fulfilled, so as not to come to unpleasant situations, endangering the safety of employees, which also entail the responsibility of the other side of employment relationship.
The Ministry’s intention which can be noticed when analyzing the Guide is that the obligation of the employee, as well as employer, is clearly defined – they have to take care of their mental health, which are put to test during these trying times. The employers who cannot monitor the flow and process of employees who work from home, are worried about the consequences of the pandemic to their business, and the employees are left to find the balance between business and private life, now that both of these take place at the same space.