Many people feel very threatened from the virus and don’t feel comfortable taking public transport or working in an environment where they have physical contact with colleagues and clients. Some also privilege working from home as they feel more productive and can mix personal life as well.
Since your employees are the pillars of your company, health safety must be the first priority. Consult the government t regulation and implement them according to your sector and possibility.
Make sure there are enough hand sanitizers, masks and encourage distancing between colleagues or customers.
How to implement back your company’s culture and values?
Employees have been working individually from home for almost 3 months, they are not as connected as before to their colleagues, work ethics and have lost some of the culture fundamentals.
It would be a difficult scenario if workers were to all suddenly return to the office without knowing what to expect.
Preparations entail preparing and creating comprehensive guidelines that can be distributed to all employees before coming to work. Furthermore, some companies may decide to slowly make the transition between home and office.
HR departments and management need to structure clear messages and communicate daily with their workforce and updating them on any progress and new decisions.
Employers can have online team meetings to connect employees and keep them informed prior to changes. The importance of communication should not be overlooked as it’s key for making sure everybody is on the same page.
Furthermore, HR should be ready to offer flexibility. This includes paid/unpaid leaves and be extra understanding of potential requests.
Flexibility is crucial because It shows employees that you care and understand about their needs.
Talk to your employees and assess the situation with each person individually to understand their needs, fears and psychological state.
The well being and psychological state of your employees might have been affected by this situation and therefore it is important to take extra care of your people.
According to that make a clear plan what employee is coming to the office immediately, who can/wants to work part time remotely.
In the retail market, some companies adopt the team A and team B strategy to minimize the risk of having the entire team in quarantine in case there is a contamination.
Organization must step up and be very creative making a clear plan of a action on how to come back to normal business taking in consideration all the factors mentioned above.
Every corporation should prepare and implement a different strategy that is unique to its employees needs and company structure. Taking precautions and being empathetic at the start can help stabilize the transition.
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