Social distancing measures may seem extreme, but have in fact aided in flattening the curve and moving us towards the path of returning to work. With job losses and the potential reemergence of the virus, society as a whole will be experiencing stress unlike any other. That is why having a plan in place that ensures the safety and health of workers is essential when transitioning to the new normal.
For instance, look into offering more flexibility in work schedules so people can continue to care for their families.
Additionally, keep an open line of communication so staff are up to date on new policies and plans for the transitionary period. Communicating on a personal level also shows workers that they are valued during these unprecedented times.
Knowing how coming back to work impacts workers’ psychological well-being will also be vital. That is another reason why clear communication is important as it eases the uncertainty of coming back into the workplace.
Adding carefully worded and designed signs and visual cues to establish new workplace habits will be more effective if communicated in a positive way that encourages health and wellness. This will also be important for increasing employee confidence and reducing stress.
Even more, individual, amenity and collaborative spaces need to be managed in a way that limits physical content and is frequently sanitized. Shared spaces should also include biophilic elements and sunlight that encourage healthier air quality.