The majority of people around the world are still working from home. It is the result of the shift caused by the global pandemic. However, with vaccines are now being approved to be spread all over the world, there is high possibility that business operation will return to the office. However, it may cause various issues and not as smooth as you though it would be. Therefore, you need more preparation to make the process runs seamlessly when the time comes.
Making your business’s way back to the office
Business leaders may have variety of challenges when preparing their business to return to the office. There might be needed some pivots here and there. One of the biggest possible issue is the way your employees work. They have been used to the workflow at home and coming back to the office may put them in challenging situation. Here are what you can consider to d as part of preparation:
Getting everyone’s back in
It is possible that some of your employees refuse to work at the office especially after knowing they can work just find from home. Or, it is also possible for some of your employees to ask more flexibility about office-to-home relation. Anticipate these possibilities and start working with the plan that can fulfill your and your employees’ wish for better workforce after the pandemic.
Respect everyone’s needs and time
It is a must to respect your employees’ needs and time. They have found their own ‘normal’ by working form home. It can be tough for them to return to the office. The process of adjusting may take time. What you need to consider is respecting their needs and time of work flexibility with their schedule.
Creating a safe shared space
Returning to the office after the pandemic ends doesn’t necessarily stop your employees to feel worried about their health and safety. They may feel traumatized being in close quarters with the others. They may get anxious when riding their bus to the office. Fear, stress, anxiety, and anger can be amplified as the result of a year-round lockdown. Therefore, it is best to plan for a light training program to ensure their well-being and readability to continue working at the office.
Smoothing out the transition
It can be tough to make a sudden transition from working from to come back to the office. Keep in mind that habit is the key. Developing habit can take times. Therefore, it is important to consider a gradual transition period instead. This way, your employees won’t experience sudden change that can affect their well-being and workforce. Allow them to build their new habits.
Dealing with split teams
It is possible that the split happens where some employees choose to return to work at the office while the others continue working from home. If you can plan and develop the right system to ensure effective workforce then it won’t be an issue. Make sure that the split culture won’t affect your business negatively. If you are unsure about the split culture, consider another plan.