Businesses have been through some of the most challenging times that the world has ever seen. While some have adjusted to the new way of operating, what works today may not be the case in a month.
Remote working has become the mainstay for several organizations, but some have begun to open their doors again. Does this mean that the office will go back to playing the same role it did eight months ago?
According to Global Workplace Analytics, 56% of US workers have jobs that can be done remotely. However, some studies indicate that working remotely most of the time can hinder creativity, collaboration and workplace culture.
This has led some companies to adopt a “blended office model” which allows for both in-office and remote working arrangements. Employees get the opportunity to work from the safety of their homes, but also have the option to come into the office when necessary.
Still, adjustments must be made to the physical workplace in order to meet health and safety guidelines. This means implementing distancing, limiting capacity and increasing sanitation practices.
Additionally, and maybe most importantly, is navigating how to support the employee experience no matter where someone decides to work. This means ensuring that they are safe when working from home and in the office, as well as equipped with the tools and resources to effectively work throughout the pandemic.