The pandemic sparked many debates about the future of the office. The truth is that millions of people will be returning to office work over the next months. Here are three challenges companies should keep in mind as they embrace the “next normal.”
Don’t Underestimate the Scope of the Transition
Chances are good that your team has been working form their homes for about a year. That’s a long time. New habits have been formed and after some initial reticence, a lot of people have come to appreciate the convenience of the home office. In short, the transition won’t be as simple as it seems, so don’t underestimate it. Plan ahead and keep an open mind to suggestions from your team.
Help Your Team Cope With the Change
Again, returning to the office life won’t be an easy undertaking. This includes the logistics of having to commute every day, but also emotional implications, such as the relationship between parents and children, and even owners and pets. You can make the transition easier for your team by highlighting the pleasant aspects of office work, including the ability to socialize and the interpersonal bonds that form between the members of a team.
As with other aspects of work, communication is everything. Encourage your employees to give you their feedback and establish channels that make it easy for them to do so. Conversely, make sure to communicate your goals as clearly as possible. By communicating constantly, your team will be able to get into the swing of things more easily. Before you know it, your team will be settled into its new routine, ready to move your organization forward.
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