Going back to in-person work after more than a year of working from home poses some unique challenges, such as helping remote workers adapt to the office environment. Here’s what you need to know.
Chances are that the employees who started working remotely will have to do many things differently as they adapt to the office environment. Try to see things from their perspective and create a comprehensive list of the things they need to know, from practical information such as dress code and lunch breaks to any significant changes to the processes and tasks they used to perform when they worked from home.
Make It Easy for Your Team to Bond
As your team comes back to the office, make sure to create bonding opportunities. Informal meetings, after-work meet-ups, or team lunches are just some of the ways you can help your employees connect with each other and get to know better the colleagues they have never met in person.
Create a Buddy System
Ask a more experienced employee to monitor and help a team member who started working remotely. On the one hand, this will allow the newer employee to receive personalized mentoring and get acclimated to the workplace. On the other hand, this represents a unique team-building opportunity that will help your employees settle more easily into their new routine.
Stay in Touch
Make sure to keep tabs on the employees who started working remotely. Check in on them casually throughout the day and schedule more structured one-on-one meetings to follow up on their adaptation process. If possible, establish an open-door policy so that any employee feels free to contact you with their ideas, suggestions, or concerns.
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