It may seem like the pandemic and lockdowns will never end, but if you are a business owner, you are likely looking ahead to reopening offices and the return of your workforce. In fact, nearly 75% of the current remote workforce is actually eager to return to the office. If you are struggling with ways to welcome your employees back to the office, here are three easy things you can try.
Purchase New Office Furniture
With the fear of germs at an all-time high, your employees may be a bit leery of returning to a workspace that does not seem fully sanitized. Invest in some new office furniture to make the place look like new. If your budget is lower, try something like refurbished office cubicles to save a bit of money while still giving the office a new vibe. Your employees will feel appreciated when they see the new items and will also feel safer at work.
Provide Ample Opportunities for Sanitation
Now is the time to put hand sanitizer everywhere. Hang dispensers on the walls throughout the office, and always ensure that bathrooms have adequate soap and sanitizer options available. If possible, ensure that each employee also has their own bottle of sanitizer and encourage them to use it frequently.
Though many will be very happy to return, some people may not feel entirely comfortable. If an employee is brave enough to voice these concerns to you, listen to them and be willing to adjust their in-office requirements if necessary. After all, employee productivity is the ultimate goal, and productivity declines if your employees are unhappy or uncomfortable.
Returning to the workplace after the pandemic will be exciting and challenging. Begin your preparations early so that you can make a seamless transition when that time finally arrives.