As lockdown is now easing throughout the UK, many workplaces will be reopening for staff to return to the office. We Love Work have put together 3 useful tips to support your employees in their return to the office.
1. Have correct safety measures in place
To ensure employees safety in the office, it can put their mind at ease knowing that their place of work is putting their health first. Carrying out a risk assessment is a good place to start when organising your return to work measures, carefully reconsidering every aspect of the workplace to ensure the safeguarding of the workforce.
Employee health and safety must come first, as 21% currently going into their normal workplace are not satisfied with the health and safety measures put in place by their employer, and 32% of those currently going into their normal workplace were anxious about catching or spreading COVID-19 at work (1). This means you should be rearranging desks, supplying the correct PPE, having hand sanitizing stations, keeping the 2 metre distance and staggering breaks.
2. Listen to your employees
Your employees are the centre of the workplace, so it’s important to recognise what they want from their employer in their return to work. 27% of employees report leaving their jobs due to lack of recognition in the office (2). Give them clear information of what controls have been put in place for their health and safety and take into consideration any queries or suggestions they may have. Only 55% said they’ve been given adequate information about returning to work, with just 44% saying they’d been adequately consulted about returning. (1)
Many employees may struggle with going back to full time hours, including the commute, so a gradual build up of work and time in the office can be beneficial. A third of people (32%) said their workload was too much in a normal week, while a quarter (24%) said they found it hard to relax during their personal time because of work. (3)
3. Mental and emotional support
Employees may have some anxieties about returning to the office, with 45% of workers feeling anxious about returning to the workplace (1). For those who have been working remotely, employers should be encouraging social connections and communication should be key throughout the team.
Having a consultation with your employees prior to their return to the office can reduce anxiety. 62% of people who didn’t feel adequately consulted are anxious about returning, compared with 42% of people who have been adequately consulted (1). Having a support line and wellness programme in place can improve employee mental health and wellbeing. 92% of professionals think that it is very important or somewhat important for them to work for an employer that offers a workplace wellness program. (4)
We Love Work
We Love Work can provide a wellness service to monitor your employees wellbeing. This is a great way to communicate with employees and vice versa. For more information or a free demo visit www.welovework.co.uk