Businesses have been forced to reimagine the office and emphasize the importance of safety and health within the workplace.
This means more than adding hand sanitizer and keeping desks at a distance — it also means nurturing employees who are experiencing their own unique physical and mental struggles.
The shift in how we work was also accomplished by a transition in how we live. Parents had to juggle homeschooling with their work responsibilities, as well as learn new technology skills.
As we enter the next phase of the future of work, employers need to continue building on the resiliency of workers by supporting them as they also continue to grow and evolve in the midst of new working conditions.
Businesses themselves will need to be flexible throughout this process. Using data can help employers have a better understanding of what empowers workers and what hinders them.
Organizations also need to create a work environment that clearly prioritizes the wellbeing of employees.
In order to bring employees back into the workplace, it is essential to know where their readiness and health stands. Using surveys, businesses can make informed decisions about who should come back and who may need to continue working from home.
Employees will also want to know that the office is safe to return to. Incorporating barriers, air filtration systems, touchless technology and more can help assure them that they will be safe when they come back.