Employees will be back to a structured routine like having to commute. Beyond that, things will not go back to normal immediately, schools and daycares will likely remain closed a while longer, there will be a looming concern of catching the virus, and certain extracurriculars will remain closed not giving people a healthy work-life balance. Here are 4 things that will change when people return to work.
Distancing and Sanitization in the workplace
Although businesses will begin to return to regular office work, the conditions of the return will not be normal. Fears of Covid-19 will linger for months on end, as there is the potential for one person putting all other employees and the business as a whole at risk, considerations will have to be made to prevent the spread of disease. In the office, social distancing will be an important consideration; increasing distance between desks, no meeting in small offices, larger gaps when chatting. Extra care into sanitizing workspaces will have to be put in place to ensure employees are kept healthy and feel comfortable coming into the office. Simple things like making sure employees have hand sanitizer and eating food at their workstation can reduce the spread of disease.
Hybridizing the workplace
While businesses could return to work, it is likely that schools and daycares will remain closed for much longer. Employees with young children will be unable to return to work because they need to take care of their children. With this in mind, it is important that you have systems in place to hybridize the workplace as some may have the ability to return to the office and others will be forced to be at home. Additionally, other employees may feel more comfortable working from home, be used to that routine, and may wish to slowly transition back. Unfortunately, for the companies that found it difficult to digitize their workforce will face similar challenges. Use the learnings from COVID-19 to begin your Digital Transformation program as the dust begins to settle.