When are we going back to the office?
That answer’s still unclear but it’s something we need to prepare for.
Business owners shouldn’t assume normal ways of working will return anytime soon. In fact, chances are things will never be the same at work.
And if that’s the case, how can we prepare for this return?
Before COVID-19, remote working was often seen as a bit of a luxury.
Some organisations were reluctant to let teams work from home because they weren’t sure just how productive colleagues would be; however, the last few months have shown, by and large, office employees can work just as well from home.
So expect remote working to loom large from now on.
What does that mean for managers?
Flexibility will be key.
Business have to recognise people are working in demanding and stressful circumstances.
We’re faced with a massive global health crisis after all — so they’ll need to reassure employees when they return to work. They’ll need to be flexible and listen to people’s concerns.
Businesses will need to make sure their workplaces are safe and meet government guidelines. They’ll also have to share the measures they’ve taken with their staff.
Here’s a look at some of the key points to consider —
Trust will be key — and that means trust in those on site to follow social distancing and other protocols, as well as in those working at home to get the job done
New skills, new approach
All this means managers need to be more flexible in their approach to better manage teams remotely.
Tactics to consider include —
It’ll take time for us all to adjust to the new way of office working; however, the opportunities are there for those keen to make positive changes.
Remember, businesses will be judged by their response to the pandemic.
An business’s reputation, even its future success, comes down to more than what it does for customers and clients, but how it supports colleagues in difficult times.
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