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How to Encourage Employees to Return to the Workplace Post-Pandemic

As many people edge ever closer to their first anniversary of working from home, it becomes challenging to remember what times were like before that, and how things will look as we move forward.

With the vaccine rollout in full swing, there will be some people out there who are considering what the transition will be like when heading back to the workplace. While some people will be keen to get back to the workplace, there will be some out there who are a bit anxious about the prospect.  

As an employer, there are things that you can do, to reassure anxious employees during this time, and that’s where we are here to help. Detailed below is a helpful list of ways when wanting to encourage employees to return to the workplace post-pandemic. Keep reading for more!  

Communicate Clearly and Regularly  

Like many other things in life, communication is critical. None more so, than in such a challenging time such as the present. By ensuring that you are communicating each stage of the transition to your workforce, you can ensure that everyone is on the same page and understand what the expectation is to be moving forward.  

However, it will be essential to ensure that there are some contingency plans in place and that you have planned solutions for any prospective obstacles that you might face. Clearly communicating what these plans are to the rest of your workforce while explaining any roles that they might play, is also essential.  

Having a Clean and Sterile Environment 

This is a bit of a no brainer but will be something that we are confident will be a make-or-break decider for many employees; they will be discouraged to return a workplace if it is not deemed safe to be there.  

As an employer, it will be your responsibility to ensure that the workplace has been sterilised and cleaned to the highest possible standards. This can be difficult to attain when doing it yourself. By using office cleaning services, provided by the likes of Ideal Cleaning and others, you can rest assured that all those tricky nooks and crannies are being deep cleaned.  

Not to mention, by allowing someone else to sterilise the workspace for you, you can focus on other essential aspects of the transition back to work.  

Taking Your Time 

We are sure that some employers will be itching to move their workforce back to the office, but it is important to remain level-headed in unprecedented situations like this. By taking your time with transitioning the workforce back to the office, you can limit the number of people in the office at one time; ideal when wanting to continue social distancing employees for some time following the vaccine.  

Whether you choose to bring back one department at a time, or a few people from each department, the choice is entirely yours. With a gradual transition, you can continue to ensure your employees’ safety and all others in the workplace, something that will be encouraging to them and yourself.