With a decrease in the number of cases, a better understanding about all things COVID-19, and more people being vaccinated, a return to working in the office is either already here or on the horizon for many businesses.
If you are in the process of or are considering moving from remote to in-person work for your team, check out these things we think you should know as you make the transition.
First thing to know: You need a plan.
You might think you can just pick up where you left off when your team was last in the office over a year ago. But a lot has happened since then—and a lot has changed. There is a greater awareness of germs and cleanliness for sure, but there’s also an increased understanding of which types of jobs could be conducted in person and which types of jobs need to be conducted face to face.
Putting a plan in place should start with a thorough analysis and consideration of the needs and desires of your team, your customers, and other people and businesses your business does business with. Use these guidelines as you work on your plan to transition from remote to in-person working.
Second thing to know: Keep a good work-life balance.
One of the lessons coming out of COVID for many workers is that a good work-life balance is important. When people are back to in-person working, it means they spend more time getting ready for and commuting to work and less time with family. It also means certain logistics that were temporarily solved by remote working—including situations with childcare, pet care, and transportation—now mean additional stress for your employees. Being sensitive to these issues and finding ways to help ease the transition will be a win-win for your team and your business.
If you are interested in creating more ways to support a good work-life balance for your team, check out these 10 ideas.
Third thing to know: It doesn’t have to be all or nothing.
All businesses are different, and not all workers have the same needs and desires. There is no longer a one-size-fits-all approach to working arrangements and schedules. Perhaps a mix of in-person and remote working makes the most sense.
If a hybrid option might be the best choice for your business, check out this recent webinar: The Transition from Remote to Hybrid Working Environments. Learn about industry trends related to in-person and hybrid working as well as the right communication systems for your needs.