Lifted, yes as lockdown orders are lifted, companies are working on the return to office of their employees without a wave of shock. Lockdown last year pushed employees into the habit of working from home. Change is inevitable. Work from Home is never easy, and now this return to office has its set of challenges and its own hiccups.
Employers need to ponder and answer how well your employees will accept this return. Hence, it is imperative to share the news to employees In a more compassionate manner and allow them to choose work from home and work from office for a while, until they become complacent with the return. That’s the whole reasoning and purpose, that I persuade my client to introspect and make the return in waves. Wave-1, Wave-2, Wave-3, Wave-4 as per the department and as per the business requirement. It is true that the majority of employees have lost the sense of being the “part” of the organisation. Hence, communicating the why and how of return to office is the basic concept in your employee safe return to office.
It is a cultural shock to many employees that when they are ready to work from home, companies will have to ask employees to come back to the office after mass vaccination. HR’s are working to handle various emotional responses and reactions as soon as they will break the news, so let us smoothen your experience by preparing you for those possible ramifications.
Leaders are skilled at handling emotions. Phase wise return preparation and readiness for changes if local rules and regulations change is crucial. Hence, HR have to prepare the return to office in waves, however given the intensity of future changes that might be caused due to virus behaviour, the return to office will take various forms and shapes. HR’s have to create waves of returns to ensure safety procedures are given the top priority.
The return to office waves have to depend on departments but it can never be based on the fact that few employees want to return just because they are “sick” of work from home. Businesses need to bring in technology tools that support the “hybrid” work model and ensure that human hands are not touched frequently in common areas. Global Health and Safety Standards will have to be the focus in preparing the return to offices with technology tools that restruce the post pandemic digital workplace.
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