While recommendations from health authorities are everchanging, as I write this article the latest government advice regarding COVID-19 signals many businesses in Western Australia – depending on their industry – can soon encourage staff to return to work in a face-to-face capacity, as long as appropriate health and safety measures are implemented.
This news is likely to be well received by business owners. Finally your team can be under the one roof again! And for employees, this may also be a welcome relief. Perhaps they were contending with a serious juggling act of home schooling while trying to work, or were forced to operate in an environment not conducive to productivity (not everyone has a study - or even a kitchen table!).
For others though, the opportunity to work remotely may have been a resounding success and led to a lifestyle change they are reluctant to give up. A 0km commute had meant a work-life balance not previously experienced, and minimal colleague distraction may have resulted in greater focus and concentration. I don’t doubt that many business owners have seen an increase in productivity as a by-product in all of this.
But regardless of how you and your team managed during this time, coming together after weeks in isolation will undoubtedly encounter teething problems. It would be careless to assume it will be business as usual, so I wanted to share my thoughts on how employers can approach the next phase of our ‘new normal’ to ensure the back to office transition is as smooth as possible.
I think that ultimately, business owners should be mindful that an ease in restrictions does not mean life will be as it was pre COVID-19. People’s attitudes have changed, their priorities have likely shifted and there are new logistical challenges to be considered. But to ensure a harmonious return to work, and to enable staff to feel comfortable about being back in the office, it’s important that business owners are patient, understanding – and can ensure a safe and healthy environment for all.
Crisdale Recruitment Group and Blue Stampede will return to our offices as soon as restrictions allow us to do so. In the meantime, our ‘virtual’ doors remain wide open as we operate from the safety of our homes. If you would like to discuss our recruitment services, or have any employer/employee questions related to COVID-19, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.