Think pieces and countless studies have been written about how the pandemic has impacted the workplace.
Some of the findings have undoubtedly been negative, but this time has provided businesses a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to improve their operations and culture post-pandemic.
Now, leaders can truly focus on the safety of the workplace and improve the employee experience, especially as some Covid restrictions are lifted.
One way some companies are making adjustments to the workplace is mandating vaccines with very few exceptions. Some have been hesitant for fear of backlash from the public and employees, but this may be the key to a truly safe office space.
In short, there is much to keep in mind before reopening the office, and the process should not be rushed. Slowly integrating workers back into the workplace, as well as keeping physical distancing and cleaning protocols in place, will be crucial for a seamless transition.
Additionally, readjusting arrangements altogether may be necessary in order to retain employees and ease the minds of those unable to return to the office full-time. Many companies have done so by adopting hybrid work models that offer workers with more flexibility in their schedules.
However, leaders should consider a few factors before moving to this type of model. This includes who should be able to work remotely, the limits of working from home, cybersecurity issues, expenses of remote work equipment, and more.