Over the past year, your employees have probably mastered the art of working from home. This means you likely incur fewer obstacles during weekly zoom meetings and have almost forgotten what it’s like to sit face-to-face with your colleagues. However, with restrictions set to ease in the near future, you must start putting plans in place that enable your employees to transition from their sofas and back into the office.
With that in mind, here are three workplace improvements that you can implement to make it easier for your employees to return to the office.
Put together a hybrid working schedule. Many employees have found that they work better from their own homes. As a result, you may have noticed a distinct increase in workplace productivity and efficiency. As such, you may be reconsidering returning to the office altogether. However, there are many benefits of spending time with your colleagues face to face, especially concerning employee relationships and job satisfaction. Therefore, you can provide your employees with the best of both worlds by putting together a hybrid working schedule, where they can work from home or the office as they see fit. This also means you can help keep people safe by keeping the number of workers in the office to a minimum. This also means that you could save money by downsizing to a smaller office!
Focus on the exterior of your building. When renovating your offices ahead of your employee’s return, it’s important that you don’t neglect the exterior of your property. While this is particularly important for customer-facing businesses, the way in which your office looks from the outside can also affect the way in which your employees feel when they pull up outside. Thankfully, there are various ways you can brighten up your office’s exteriors. For example, you could ensure that the windows are cleaned and that any litter is picked up. You may also want to install additional signage. Furthermore, you could install a shade sail over your car park to block out the harmful rays of the sun and keep your employees safe. You can find out more about shade sails at Shadeland Shade Solutions. A new look for your property signified a new start – for your business and your employees, and as such, can help them feel better about returning to work.
Ensure your office is up to scratch. There are many different components that separate a good office from a bad one. For example, while productivity and professionalism are important, you should also ensure that you create a comfortable environment for all employees so that they can work to their full potential. For example, besides providing them with a range of workspaces, from conference rooms to standing desks, you should also ensure they have a nice place to spend their breaks and enjoy their lunch. Having a calming, relaxing workspace (and not eating lunch at their desk), can help reduce feelings of stress and anxiety while helping them refocus their mind for the rest of their day.