Nani Kalakau | Marketing Coordinator
There is a lot of talk surrounding what’s to come for all places of work after lockdown procedures are lifted. Some states have already declared it safe to re-open schools and some businesses, but with the real potential for a second wave of COVID-19, it is important to be aware of all aspects when it comes to resuming our lives under a new sense of normalcy. As decision-makers in the workplace, here are some tips when preparing guidelines and resources for your employees when they return to the office.
With quarantine and working remotely the past few months, it is essential to check in with employees and evaluate their experience with remote collaboration. It is highly recommended that a survey is created to gauge an employee’s feedback about what’s been going on. From there, an accurate evaluation can be made to see whether working remotely has been helping or hindering a company. For some, working remotely is not an option but for others, this could become the new normal. As a decision-maker in a workplace, this is something to consider when making decisions that have your company’s best interests in mind.
Clear communication regarding expectations
It is very important to recognize that this has not been an easy time for everyone. With that being said, all employees need to clearly understand that there are protocols and expectations in place when returning to the workplace to keep a safe environment. A welcome back packet of information, resources, and guidelines is one way to clearly communicate what needs to take place in the office regarding health safety and comfortability in dealing with new normalcy.
Hybrid work week
If your state has been given the green light to re-open, think about taking things slow. Each city should evaluate the risks associated with opening your workplace based on the number of local cases in coronavirus and monitoring any spikes in trend. Try to consider if it is not essential to gather in the workplace, moving towards a hybrid workweek could be more beneficial to compensate for this new reality. A hybrid workweek could slowly integrate teams back into the office without doing too much and too soon. Rotating employees to work a few days at home and a few days in the office could be a way that your company contributes to minimizing coronavirus spreading.
Many cities are unsure of when exactly to re-open, but first things first are to start with a plan. This plan should heavily incorporate procedures and precautions to be put in place for COVID-19 protection. Following CDC reopening guidance protocols every place of business should use this as a guide as well as having your own plan when considering details specific to your workplace. Planning, revising your plan, and continuing to revisit your plan is important because things are changing rapidly during this time so stay nimble.
By Nani Kalakau | Marketing Coordinator
Nani Kalakau is the Marketing Coordinator at CTL. She loves to create, travel and experience different cultures.