The pandemic has altered the way we interact in our everyday lives, particularly in the workplace. Now that companies are starting to bring employees back into the office, they are forced to reevaluate how they operate, and what the best methods will be to keep them safe.
First, it is important to understand what workers actually want. Just because you can bring them back into the workplace, doesn’t necessarily mean you should. With surveys finding that the majority of the U.S. workforce is concerned about exposure to the virus in the workplace, requesting they come back into the office could be adding additional stress.
Equipping your company with safety protocols and resources is one way to instill trust in your employees. Things such as temperature screenings, increased sanitation practices and distanced workstations are a few easy ways to create a work environment that values the health of workers.
Flexibility will also be key in helping employees balance their work and personal lives. Finding new ways to get work done will be essential moving forward. This is particularly important for working parents, whose children may be attending school virtually in the coming fall.
Along with flexibility will be the need to embrace agility. Evaluating your talent and ensuring that they are able to upskill easily will keep the workforce resilient, engaged, connected with one another and satisfied in their positions.