The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we work—permanently. Going forward, we need strategies for a new normal where we protect the health of employees, customers, and the public at large. There is no one-size-fits-all solution. This is a time to explore the needs and abilities to determine your organization’s next steps.
Here are four questions to help you navigate the return to the workplace. They take into account employee well-being, organizational culture, and transforming your floorplate.
1. How is your team doing right now?
2. Who needs to return to the workplace?
3. How does your floorplate need to change?
4. How might you schedule work differently?
Collaboration tools and technology will shape the new work schedule and help maintain connections between those on-site and remote. What tools are you using for communicating, conferencing, and sharing files? Are they slowing you down or allowing you to advance at the speed you want? Technology is a key tool for balancing the needs of health protection and timely productivity.
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