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The pandemic has changed the way we think about work and how we think about the office. But after two years of virtual meetings and telecommuting, we’re seeing companies all over the world reopen their offices, which sends a very clear signal that companies want employees to go back to the office. Or at least, that they want employees to have the opportunity to go back to the office.
A Gallup survey from the final quarter of 2021 showed that nine out of ten employees wanted to remain at least a degree of remote work after the pandemic. *
Perhaps because of that companies like Google, Apple, and Twitter are announcing that their return to the office won’t be a full-scale return, but rather an adoption of the hybrid format. *
A lot has been written about the role of the office after going hybrid and after COVID-19. What most articles conclude, is that the office needs to focus on social aspects and collaboration. Instead of offering rows upon rows of desks, modern workplaces need to offer a flexible environment where people socialize and collaborate.
While this approach sounds good, it is also assuming that each one of your employees have the space in their private homes to create a dedicated workspace that lets them carry out focus work.
That is not always the case, however.
What’s important, when you start to plan your return to the office, is to find out what your employees need from the office, as this will most likely differ depending on the demographic of your organization.
When you have elected to reopen your offices, there are different ways to go about it. Of course, you can choose to have everyone go back to the office every day from nine to five, but even if you have decided on a hybrid work model, there are choices to be made.
You can choose to fully open your offices for some employees while others remain fully remote, you can open your offices for everyone while also allowing people to work fully remote if they prefer, or you can have a fixed policy where employees are expected to be in the office a certain number of days, and work from home the rest of the time.
Getting employees back to the office is not as easy as sending out a company email, and both surveys and recent events have shown that employees who are forced back to the office are likely to quit.
To avoid that, we have collected a short list of tips which will help turn your return to the office into a success.
Changing to a hybrid way of working isn’t a short-term challenge. It’s a long-term engagement to ensure a healthy, safe, and productive work culture that boosts employee well-being and productivity.
Making the transition back to in-office work as smooth as possible requires both general management, human resources, and facility management to collaborate closely.