When the pandemic began, many businesses opted to implement work-from-home opportunities. Now, as we return to the office after a year of working from home, there have been some challenges with adjusting to life in the office. One recent poll indicates that nearly half of workers feel anxious about their own health, their mental health, and the health of their families when going back to the workplace.
In order to ease back into normalcy, supervisors must be willing to find a balance that both appeases the job and the employee.
Here are some tips to promote a safe, and understanding work environment:
- Recognize that employees need time to adapt to new ways of working in the office.
- Returning to a workplace may require a mindset shift for those who’ve adjusted to working remotely.
- Make sure employees understand what’s being asked of them and what steps you’re taking to protect their health and wellness.
- Acknowledge the transition challenges, including providing mental health resources when necessary.
- Build a framework for reopening plans to take the variety of employee emotions and sentiments into consideration.
- Practice clear and consistent two-way communication with all employees.
- Be open to flexible working arrangements.
- Embrace a culture of self-care for your employees.
- Consider offering mental health days.
- Provide leadership support training.
- Keep a pulse on the team members through informal discussions or staff surveys.
Regardless of the path your organization takes, you should ensure a healthy and happy return to the office by implementing a solid game plan that will accommodate the needs of the workplace and its employees.