As stay-at-home orders begin to lift across the country, businesses are starting to allow employees to come back into the office – but before jumping into it, there are a few things that should be considered. After working at home or remotely for the past couple of months, it will be a bit of a transition for employees to adjust back to office life, and business owners should understand and acknowledge that during this transition period.
Give more flexibility than usual
Every employee is going to be different in terms of their mental state from the stress of the pandemic and their comfort level with getting back into the office. That’s why it’s important to give some flexibility for the first few weeks for how often employees come into the office versus working from home. For some it might be more difficult to make that switch again, so employees should be encouraged to take things at their own pace while adjusting back to normal life again.
Business owners can make this transition as easy as possible for their employees with the right technology. Businesses that use NetLines for their phone system can easily switch between working from home and remotely with no hassle because all calls and communication are happening on one easy to use app, regardless of location. It’s essential for businesses to streamline communication as much as possible in order to run smoothly and efficiently – especially during these times.
Encourage PTO and mental health breaks
This period has been mentally, emotionally, and in some cases physically draining for all of us. That’s why it’s important to encourage your employees to schedule some time off of work in order to refresh and rejuvenate their mind and body so they can get back to normal office life on the right foot.
It’s also important to encourage employees to take small breaks throughout the day to stretch their legs and take a walk around the block or rest their eyes from the screen and eat lunch outside. While working from home these past couple of months, some employees might have developed bad habits of working all day with little to no breaks, so it’s important to remind them just how effective little breaks throughout the day can be for their productivity and mental health.
Reinvigorate office culture
During the stay at home order, your office might have lost a bit of what makes its culture unique. With employees coming back into the office, it’s important to reintroduce the activities or practices that make your office culture great. Whether its group lunches, happy hours or office games, begin implementing those activities back into the office routine again to help employees feel comfortable with the transition and excited to get back to the pre-coronavirus routine.