Can we go back to ‘normal’ when ‘normal’ no longer exists? 92% of people expect to be able to work from home at least once a week after the pandemic. Reopening offices and encouraging people back to work isn't going to be an event, it’s going to be a process. Each individual person is going to feel different about returning to work after working remotely for such a long period of time. So how do you cater to those individuals and their unique needs?
Here are 4 tips for ensuring your return to office plan is inclusive:
- Make a plan that is going to suit every employee ‐ Some employees will embrace returning to a physical environment, while others may be more reserved. In larger cities some may feel rather concerned about using public transport again. A poll conducted by YouGov revealed that 31% workers were anxious about commuting to work. This figure actually jumped to 52% in London where commutes are often longer.
- Offer emotional support‐ employees will be returning to work after months of experiencing high stress, anxiety and burn out. Don’t feel afraid to ask how your employees are feeling.
- Don’t expect life to go back to what it was before Covid‐ Many workplaces will be returning with considerably less employees than before. Workplaces are also becoming more complex where certain employees will be returning to the office and some will remain working remotely.
When everyone works remotely, All workplace relationships are equally distant and everyone goes through similar challenges and opportunities. Having only a handful of employees back in the office means making that extra bit of effort to make sure every employee gets included in meetings and conversations.
- Evaluate‐ Take time to reflect on what went well and what didn't. It is important for employers to make return plans that account for everyone.
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