Three key pillars for navigating the return to work
As businesses across the UK continue to welcome their employees back to work, many are experiencing confused feelings of positivity and trepidation about their return to the office.
Our research found that while over half (53%) of employees are worried about working in close proximity to their colleagues, 45% said they felt lonely working from home and preferred to be around their co-workers while 30% believed they missed out on opportunities when not in the office.
As businesses attempt to identify their best path forward post-lockdown, many will be assessing key learnings from the last six months. Whether opting for a staggered return to the office or continued flexible working into 2021, communication, flexibility and preparation will be key to successfully navigating the coming months.
So, what are some of the challenges and opportunities that employees anticipate as they prepare for the return to work, and how can employers best support them during this period?
A staggered return
Depending on the size of a business and density of its office space, maintaining home working arrangements across teams on an alternating basis could make it easier to implement safe social distancing in the workplace.
An alternating approach to remote working might also reduce the risk of staff feeling pressured or overwhelmed by an immediate return to the office five days a week. After all, some families might still be juggling childcare arrangements and public transport systems may start to become crowded again, so a transitionary period could help many adjust to post-lockdown office working more comfortably ...
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