No matter when it happens, you’ll need a plan in place for when some or all of your staff can return to work at the office. Do you know what your top IT, cybersecurity, and HR considerations should be?
After more than a year and a half of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s likely that your business has gotten into a rhythm with remote work. But, depending on where you operate, you could have the opportunity to return to work in the office sometime soon.
Do you know how to do so efficiently and productively?
Managing Your Growth
The silver lining of the pandemic is that it was a key opportunity to improve your business’ processes for adapting to and overcoming challenges. Reflect on this process so you can make the best of it:
Managing Your Staff’s Transition
Make Sure Your Staff Is Safe: First, consider the human element. Employees don’t have the same say as executives making the call to reopen the office, but it’s important to have communication with everyone involved to understand their thoughts, ideas, and concerns.
Those who work in a high-contact industry, for instance, may have many questions about reopening. Try to be inclusive of the people who are concerned.
There are many health and safety measures you will need to incorporate, including:
Any organization planning to open its doors again must make sure they’re following the right health and safety measures to keep the staff, clients, and overall community safe.
Follow this checklist to make sure you’re prepared:
Make Sure Your Staff Is Organized
There’s no need to rush back to the office if some work can still be handled remotely. While most jobs can be done from home, you should take a moment to consider what jobs specifically can be managed while outside of the office.
Make Sure Your Staff Is Motivated
Before bringing your entire staff back to the office, have just the managers and team leaders come in to talk about motivating your staff. Celebrate the fact that you can work together again, without putting others at risk or ignoring the safety and health precautions mentioned above.
Managing Your Sales & Marketing
While you will undoubtedly want to get back to business, generating sales leads and closing new business, it’s important to recognize that the pandemic will have long-lasting effects. Even if you’re back in the office, it doesn’t mean your prospects are.
You can expect fewer leads and opportunities due to the economic effects of the pandemic as well. Set your expectations appropriately, and where possible, modify your marketing to reflect an understanding of the difficult situation that everyone is in.
Managing Your Continuity
While the pandemic may be winding down, that doesn’t mean it’s over, or that something similar won’t happen again. The question is: are you ready for another wave of the pandemic?
Although you may be able to bring your staff into the office at some point, it’s important not to forget all the hard lessons learned during this pandemic. Another wave is a distinct possibility, and so, you need to make sure you have a viable remote work plan in place that can be launched quickly.
Regardless of when you return to the office, and whether it’s your entire staff or just part of it, you have to manage the process carefully. The health of your employees, the security of your data, and the productivity of your business as a whole will be on the line.
Managing Your Technology
In addition to processes, HR considerations, and other key areas of your business, you’ll also want to make sure your technology is ready to support your return to the office. Part of this process means assessing and securing any personal devices in use at home to ensure they can be used on the business network in a safe manner.
Use this five-point checklist to make sure everything is in order:
Above all else, your return to the office needs to be handled carefully.
You and your team have likely gotten into a rhythm with remote work over the past year and a half — there’s no reason to rush back to the office and risk an extended drop in productivity, or even worse, risk your employees’ health.
Take your time and plan each step in detail, including day-to-day IT services & support. The more work you do ahead of time, the smoother the transition will be.
If you’re looking for expert guidance in the process, here’s how to get it: