Lockdowns are getting relaxed and employees are slowly returning to the office. But the workplace will not be the same again. Post-COVID-19 there are guidelinesRead more
Lockdowns are getting relaxed and employees are slowly returning to the office. But the workplace will not be the same again. Post-COVID-19 there are guidelines to follow for a safe workplace. Read on to understand what exactly does back to the office after lockdown means for the human resources department.
Work from home was sudden and happened overnight with COVID-19. Since then, the business environment has changed drastically. Organizations shifted to remote working and the human resources department geared up to manage this new scenario. The complete human resource management functions became virtual, right from recruitment to interviewing, onboarding, performance appraisal, training including the online engagement programs and rewards and recognition. Now, business is planning to restart office and we have to deal with the challenge of back to a changed office after lockdown.
Transitioning back into the office is not easy. We need to look at things from a different perspective, considering the threat of COVID-19 infection. The rapid and asymptomatic spread of coronavirus requires us to be on guard always. In this environment, personal hygiene and social distancing should be adhered to strictly. The human resources department is facing a stupendous challenge here as it is unchartered territory for all.
The risk of COVID-19 gets eliminated only with a vaccine, and this would take time to happen. Hence, all employers might have to ask their staff to return under difficult circumstances.
While calling back the staff, it is important to recognize the apprehensions they would have for their health and safety. Implementing strict safety guidelines at the office is essential to reassure the staff and build trust in the workplace.
When you are opening the office, be on constant vigil to ensure workplace safety. Ensure strict compliance with safety measures. It is also important to keep an empathetic communication throughout. Your employees should have confidence in you and trust that you have their best interests at heart. Forcing employees to return or exposing them to health risks would leave a negative mark on the organization. The human resources department needs to plan and implement the required measures after consulting with all stakeholders.