Welcoming staff back after lockdown
31st August 2020Back
As employers around the world and across the UK experiment with bringing their employees back to offices, the leadership must act now to ensure that when their respective employees do return, workplaces are both productive and safe. At this current time, you can find many articles out there which outline steps that leaders can take in order to minimise the risk to physical health – however, what are mental the implications for employees who are returning to the office following a long working from home period? Here are our top ways to welcome them back and make the fresh start a positive experience.
Provide a clear disparity between working spaces and breakout areas
When welcoming staff back to the office after lockdown, it’s important to consider that for some individuals, transitioning back to their “old” working habits will feel more like a new schedule than returning to a routine they previously knew, since they may have likely picked up new habits from spending so much time working from home. Many workers have reported that working from home has meant that they often spend too much time working and have struggled to take regular breaks.
As an employer, one of the ways to combat this is by providing a clear difference between working spaces and break out areas in your office workplace. It may be that you have historically done this, however, if this is not the case, read below for some of the ways in which you can achieve this.
Change the office layout
Changing the office layout can be a great way to create a clear visual of a disparity between work and rest in the workplace. Reinvent your working environment space by establishing breakout areas, not just tables and chairs, but actual breakout spaces that members of staff can retreat to when spending that much needed time away from work – of course, making sure that such spaces comply with covid-19 best practices.
Create a schedule
Consider creating a schedule that helps your team ease back into the flow of things and allow for some extra time that they'll need to get back into their routine. Consider staggering lunchtime and break to ensure that common areas are not subject to crowing and encourage regular breaks for all members of staff- remember that overworking can often do more harm than good.
Ultimately, the aim of this reinvention will be what great organisations have always wanted: a safe environment where people can enjoy their work, collaborate with their colleagues and achieve the objectives of their organisations.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us to see how we can help you create that perfect disparity between work and breakout areas in your office workplace, to make the experience of returning to work as positive as possible for your employees.