Remote working has become the new normal, and it has been pivotal in the development of a new era of working. Now, employers are expected to become much more flexible and the idea of working full time from the office is long gone.
Employees have varying opinions on the 'new normal', with some arguing that it has done wonders for their productivity, physical and mental wellbeing, and their sleep (the morning commute is not something many people miss!). However, there are others who believe that the office is a better environment for work.
As a result, it's important for employers to be flexible and open to the idea of 'hybrid' working - a phrase we've heard on repeat for the last 6 months.
Whether employees are returning to 5 days a week in the office, 3 days or even 1 day, it's important that they feel as comfortable as possible. After all, they have been in the comfort of their own home for over a year now.
By now, most employees have created their own work-from-home routine and it will likely look very different to their work-from-office routine. So allow them some time to transition. Perhaps allow them to work one day a week from the office initially, and allow them to gradually build up to three days over time.
Implement Safety Measures
The safety measures in every country look different, but ensure that the office is safe for new and existing employees, and try to go above and beyond the recommended measures.
Offer perks to employees as a way of saying 'We appreciate you'. These perks can come in the form of delicious snack boxes, a brand new vending machine, or even a micromarket to allow them 24/7 access to healthy and nutritious snacks.
Monitor Daily Changes
Most importantly, ensure that employees are happy by monitoring the changes in their behaviour and attitude on a daily basis. Be open and honest, and speak to them about their difficulties. Flexibility is key in 2021.