How employers can help welcome employees back to the workplace
Published: 28th June 2021
As the UK eases out of lockdown and back to some semblance of normal life, thoughts are moving to employees returning to their workplaces and how organisations can manage this transition after more than a year of remote working, being on furlough, or a mixture of the two.
Employers have a duty of care to ensure that they look after the health and wellbeing of their teams and this is especially important during this time. They must take careful, considered steps to ensure the successful integration of employees back into the workplace whilst also putting in place new working policies if they will offer hybrid working for example. For more information on what HR departments need to know about hybrid working policies, please take a look at our news page for all the latest insights, hints and tips.
Here's a few that we've highlighted:
Ensure COVID compliance – the most important thing employers need to do is ensure compliance with government guidelines regarding safety in the office. Risk assessments will need to be carried out and updated in accordance with any changes in restrictions
Check in with employees – many employees will be anxious and worried about returning to their workplace after so long working remotely or being on furlough. Checking in with employees to see how they feel and understand any concerns they might have is key to assisting with the transition
Re-onboard your team – after so long away from the workplace, a period of re-onboarding can make all the difference to ensuring everyone settles in well during this period of change. Remind everyone of old policies, inform them of any changes implemented while they’ve been working remotely and start the organisational culture afresh as you mean to go on
Consider hybrid working – many employees will not want to return to the workplace full time and would instead prefer to be offered hybrid or flexible working. Businesses need to carefully consider whether they will offer this and, if so, put policies in place that clearly outline what’s expected from all parties