4 Ways to Make the Post-COVID Transition Back to the Office Easy

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4 Ways to Make the Post-COVID Transition Back to the Office Easy

The pandemic seems far from over, but some states are relaxing social distancing guidelines and people are beginning to go back to work in their offices. Some employees may be uneasy about making this change, and it is important to respect their wishes if they do not feel comfortable coming back. If you do have some employees returning to the office, here are four ways to make their transition easy.

Purchase New Furniture

Nothing says “welcome back” and gives the office a new, revamped vibe like purchasing new and used office furniture. Enliven your office and encourage employees by having them return to a new workspace that gets them excited about finally being back to normal (or as normal as possible). A fresh office space can also increase your employees’ productivity, so the investment is a sound one.

Ramp Up the Hygiene

Now is the time to invest in lots and lots of hand sanitizer. Have it available throughout the office, but especially in high-traffic areas where employees are sure to pass by and notice it. Also, post signs encouraging proper hygiene and highlighting the benefits of washing hands regularly and wearing masks. Do not let your employees fall into the trap of feeling too comfortable at work and letting cleanliness (and their masks) slip.

Encourage Sick or Work-From-Home Days

Encourage employees who feel even a little bit under the weather to stay home until they feel better. 90% of employees have come to the office even though they are feeling sick because they feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they will miss while staying home or they do not want to burn a sick day. Employees need to know that it is preferred that they stay home if ill to protect everyone in the office. In these strange times, it may be worth giving a bit of leeway to those who need some time away from the office.

Communicate

Right now, communication is key. Have open conversations with your employees to gauge how they are feeling and their comfort levels with going back to “normal.” Let them know that if they feel at all uncomfortable in public that you are willing to work with them to find a safe solution.

The return to the office is simple for some but can be very stressful for others. Use these tips to create an environment that is safe for your employees. The pandemic seems far from over, but some states are relaxing social distancing guidelines and people are beginning to go back to work in their offices. Some employees may be uneasy about making this change, and it is important to respect their wishes if they do not feel comfortable coming back. they feel overwhelmed by the amount of work they will miss while staying home or they do not want to burn a sick day. Employees need to know that, it is preferred that they stay home if ill to protect everyone in the office. In these strange times, it may be worth giving a bit of leeway to those who need some time away from the office.

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