For some people, going back to work is something that fills them with joy, getting back to normal after months indoors and for others it is a source of terror and worry, maybe they were not keen on their job anyway, or maybe they are worried about getting ill. Of course, some people may also be feeling a mix of emotions – excitement at getting back to some semblance of normality, but also worry and fear as well. As the country slowly begins to open up again, how can employers ensure that the transition back to work is a good experience for employees?
When people come back in, they will probably be worrying about catching the virus. The government has produced a set of guidelines to help employers ensure the working environment is safe, so before everyone comes back go in and make sure that all the guidelines are adhered to. When staff arrive, go through all the guidelines with them and answer any questions that they have.
Because people have been off work a long time, it is important to get that motivation and positive energy going. You could set up a clean team’ which employees can all chip in to ensure the environment is kept safe, and this promotes good morale and teamwork. You could also hire a motivational speaker UK based Jamie McDonald to give workers a good morale boost.
The most important thing is to make sure that people are feeling happy and to listen to any concerns that they have and address them as we navigate the stormy waters back to normality.