COVID-19 has fundamentally changed the way we work and is having far reaching effects on the employee experience. Just as the pandemic is unfolding in stages, the return to the workplace will happen in stages. Companies may find themselves alternating between three distinct phases – respond, return and reinvent.
As parts of the globe emerge from the peak transmission phase, many companies coming back from stay-at-home orders will quickly learn that return to the workplace does not equal return to normal. No one knows what the “new normal” will look like, but we can learn a great deal from employers of essential workers that have been working hard to keep their people safe onsite.
As you prepare to return employees to the workplace, balancing empathy and economics in decision-making will be crucial and will involve tough decisions. How can you preserve your employees’ health and wellbeing, support their financial wellness, and stay connected to what matters most to your people?
Download our guide Return to the Workplace: Transition Forward to learn more about redesigning the employee experience and welcoming new ways of working.