It’s been over a year since the COVID-19 pandemic, and even though it seems like we are finally getting back to normal, there is one thing that still lingers in the back of our minds: what will life be like now? What will the workplace look like?
The latest Randstad Workmonitor survey reveals that respondents are ready to get back to the office, either fully or partially and a majority of respondents would be willing to get vaccinated if it’s required for their job.
78% want to go back to the workplace at least partially if not full-time.
75% would be willing to get vaccinated if it is required for their job.
54% think they will have more job opportunities this year.
52% say their experience with work during the pandemic has motivated them to stay with their employer for the long term.
(Source: Randstad workmonitor, “2021 first edition.”, https://workforceinsights.randstad.com/hr-research-reports/workmonitor-2021-first-edition, 2021)
Working From Home
With Covid and the rise of technology, remote working has become a natural part of how we work. Remote working allowed businesses to continue to operate during covid.
- Consider a phased return during reentry, with a gradual increase in hours and responsibilities over the course of a few weeks.
- Offer flexible working arrangements such as hybrid models or job sharing.
- Establish individualized plans for each returning employee.
- Create a plan for workers who feel sick to be able to take advantage of working from home.
Health and Safety
The health of employees is top of mind. Ensure that the office space is clean and socially distanced.
- Adapt social distancing and allow employees to remain six feet apart from one another. Aim to achieve more space per employee.
- Routinely clean and disinfect all frequently touched surfaces in the office – such as MFPs (printers/copiers), keyboards, telephones, handrails, and doorknobs.
- Offer hand sanitizers throughout the office to encourage hand hygiene.
- Discourage handshaking and suggest non-contact methods of greeting.
- Require or provide face coverings or masks as recommended by the CDC, state, or local health officials.
- Post signage that explains safety expectations.
Build a positive office culture by communicating plans and listening to feedback.
- Provide details regarding the return-to-work plan, in advance of opening.
- Inform employees about the safety procedures that the company will have in place.
- Encourage employees to speak with Human Resources or other management-level employees about concerns.
As businesses begin to open their office doors, many employees are feeling it’s too risky for them to come into work. This is understandable, considering that family and friends may still be at risk. Businesses can provide employees with an assurance of safety by communicating plans and expectations. If possible, office flexible hours or hybrid work options and acknowledge that employees need time to re-adjust back into work life.
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