Easing the transition back to the office is all about understanding the needs of your employees for different work styles. It can be as simple as a change in décor or as complex as adjusting schedules or introducing flextime work options for work that can easily be done on a home computer.
Here are four ways employers can ease the transition back to the office.
1. Updating hardware and software at workstations.
Employers want to make the transition back to the office easier for their employees. They do this by making sure that there are better-equipped computers, loaded up with the latest version of the software they use for their work, waiting for them in the office.
2. Changing up the décor to “refresh” the office.
Changing up the décor in the office can make it feel new and welcoming as your employees return to office life.
3. Making adjustments to policies, schedules, and time-off requests to avoid burnout.
The purpose for management to create transition plans is to support their employee’s mental health.
Managers should work with their employees to make adjustments to schedules and time-off requests, as they can be one of the most difficult parts of returning to the office after a long absence.
Introducing more accommodating policies in your office is an easy way to give your employees some relief. The more flexibility you can show in your rules, the better you will feel about their return and the faster they will reintegrate.
4. Introducing healthier food options.
Since employees have spent months preparing healthy foods from their own kitchen, it’s good to introduce healthier food options at company meetings and events like lunchtime breaks, potluck socials, and catered lunches from outside vendors. You are supporting your employees’ health and promoting a more sustainable environment, and creating a better work-life balance.
Benefits of Easing Transition
Some benefits of making such changes include:
-Creating a workplace environment that is more sustainable.
-Promoting work-life balance by making it easier to getting used to an office environment.
-Providing employees with healthy food options that they enjoyed at home.
To conclude, progressive-thinking companies that show employees a high level of consideration by taking practical, supportive steps to ease their transition back to the office will create a happier and more productive workplace.