Office After the Pandemic. Returning employees to the office is a no less difficult process than leaving it. First of all, it is worth asking the question: why should all employees return to the office right now?
1. Evaluate the performance of employees during self-isolation.
If your business processes have suffered during self-isolation or company operations have completely stopped, you need to return to the old work organization as soon as possible. Determine what percentage of employees is required for normal functioning, review processes, and highlight those that cannot be performed remotely.
If the work was going smoothly, think about the possibility of keeping the option of remote work for colleagues. Many of our partners and clients do not plan to return to their offices in the same volume. Such a solution can be convenient not only for employees but also for the company: the cost of renting space is reduced.
2. Take care of a safe space.
The fact that restrictions on movement around the city have been lifted in Moscow does not mean that the risk of infection has completely disappeared. We all understand that further extension of non-working days will lead to irreversible consequences for the country’s economy, so we need to return. In three months, hospitals were equipped, the rate of infection spread slowed, and antibody tests appeared, but it is important to remember that the pandemic is not over yet.
Returning employees to office work, create a safe environment for them, taking into account all requirements and recommendations: install special protective screens between desktops, provide access to disinfectants, sanitizers, masks. This, of course, requires elaboration, additional investment of time and money, but the safety of employees is more important.
3. Approve the plan for transferring colleagues to offices.
In addition to preparing the space, it is also important to closely monitor the situation of the spread of infection in order to prevent an outbreak of the disease in the company.
We have drawn up a plan for returning employees to the office: at each stage, a certain percentage of the staff will work in the office. Now no more than 10% of our employees return to our office space. If the favorable trend continues, we will increase the number of employees to 20-25%, and by the end of the year – to 50%. The rest will continue to work from home.
4. Adapt work processes and redefine your business culture.
The most important thing now is not to forget that we were rebuilding our life so as not to get sick and not put our loved ones at risk. Therefore, when returning to normal life, it is worth continuing to remember about safety and hygiene, including in business communication. In our culture, it is customary to get closer to emphasize trust in a business partner, to shake hands when meeting and saying goodbye, but now you have to get used to the fact that a distance of 1.5 m is also a sign of respect.
5. Consider the opinions of colleagues.
Three months is a sufficient period for people to form new habits and a different daily routine. Many have found positive aspects in working remotely: they no longer need to spend time on the road, so there is more time both for performing their professional duties and for communicating with family. If employees can work effectively from home, if they want to continue working like this part of their working hours, give them that opportunity.