Preparing the Workplace for a Post-Pandemic World
As the pandemic starts to lose power, and we’re starting to take action in this direction, we’re soon going to find ourselves in new and unknown post-pandemic situations, that are surely going to raise some questions.
Most of us have taken upon a new lifestyle since the pandemic has taken over our lives. Even if it seemed impossible to adapt to a ‘Work from home’ lifestyle, here we are.
However, we must know that returning to the office will not be the same - at least not for a couple of years from now. Although I believe most of us would love for the pandemic to just be over and disappear forever, this will take time. Everything will eventually come back to the way it used to be, but things will happen gradually, with a lot of safety measures and precautions. The last thing we would want is to stretch this pandemic for a longer time period than it has to last.
In general, companies have adapted as well as they could. Unfortunately, this does not go for all of them. A lot of employers had to actually shut down their companies, while the rest had to improvise and do what they had to in order to change their entire system, and for them to be able to provide work from home conditions to their employees.
In some ways, this change was beneficial to them, as the office-related costs diminished radically. However, most companies had to move money around and invest in other facilities to provide to their employees, such as equipment to work from home.
All these considered, an important question is to be asked here - what will happen when we go back? Will our lives simply change from one day to the next? The straight-up answer to this is: no. Measures will have to be taken for us to go back to the offices.
Our mental health should come first
Employers should always have in mind the mental health of all the workers. The past year has been rough for everyone, and you’ll never know exactly how hard it is for each person individually. Of course, there are plenty of methods to combat any mental health-related issues, but, unfortunately, not everyone has access to this type of information.
Because of this, even when coming back to the office, employers should be well aware of these issues and try to be as empathic as they can. Boundaries have to be set, and every person should be handled differently, having in mind that we are all living serious and difficult times.
Each company should have at least one person whose part of the job is to inform and actively listen to their employees, make sure they have everything they need and that, if something occurs, they will be understood.
Coming back to the office will be a long process
Secondly, we should be aware that there will be a gradual comeback. We cannot risk restarting a pandemic by crowding back into our old cubicles and small co-working spaces. For this reason, coming back to the office will have to be done step by step.
Employers will have to invest in lots and lots of measures to make sure that safety is their first priority, starting with cleaning/disinfecting products all the way to reorganizing the office according to the social distancing rules.
Specialists and researchers say that the future of coming back to the office post-pandemic looks a little bit confusing, as the ideal way to do it would be to try a hybrid - working from home and working from the office.
Each individual will have a few days in which they will work from home, and they will go to the physical workplace for the rest of them. This can be a bit tricky for the companies, as they will have to make sure that the employees will be provided with what they need in both situations.
Flexibility will be a must
Something that we’ve all learned during this pandemic is that, even if working from home, our productivity has not been affected. This must have been companies’ biggest fear, yet it has not come true. As a matter of fact, it has been proven that people tend to be even more productive when working from home, as they fear not coming across as being too relaxed.
However, if we were to look at the advantages this pandemic has brought, it is not to ignore the fact that a huge part of the employees can now benefit from a really flexible schedule. Some of them have also started working on other projects, as well.
People will stop accepting getting a hard time for not being on time, especially now, that it has been unraveled that you can actually make a good amount of money from your home desk. Working online has been proven to be also a good source of income, Mark Serling says, a marketing expert that has started betting on mimy, significantly improving his income.
This, of course, represents a huge positive side of the entire pandemic. When going back to the office, it is important that this aspect is taken into consideration, as the employers might want to avoid making anyone feel trapped by ignoring their need to have a flexible schedule.
All in all, it’s safe to say that things are looking better, but we still have a long way to go until we fully get out of this pandemic. Until then, our job as employees is to stay safe, stay calm and understand our employers, be there for each other and prepare to adopt the hybrid workplace system soon.
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