Companies are at a crossroads. As the pandemic slowly loosens its grip on much of the U.S., businesses are wondering: when and how do we bring employees back to the office?
As organizations try to navigate workplace operations for the future, it’s important to note that there will never be an approach that suits all needs. Being agile and flexible will be crucial in adopting new workplace policies, whether it be remote, hybrid or a complete return to the office.
To start, it’s important to understand the various needs of each employee and how work environments impact their role. For instance, a tech company may want employees working in data centers to always be in the office. However, jobs that require business travel may be better off being in the office sometimes.
Once each role has been categorized, companies should consider adopting a transitional period to flexible arrangements. This helps those who may have temporarily relocated during the pandemic time to move back. Giving employees more time to adjust to new policies makes it easier for both the company and their people.
For companies that are adopting a hybrid model, it’s important to identify which moments are fine for virtual communication, and which meetings should be in person. For example, it may be ideal for finance teams to meet at the end of each quarter when they are closing books.