With COVID-19 vaccine distribution ramping up and the lowering of daily infection rates, it is with great relief that we can begin to envision a world free of the limitations, burdens and dangers placed upon businesses during the Coronavirus pandemic. Yet, news of a promising future does not relieve business owners need to continually navigate the winding pathways out of COVID-19 and into determining how their workspaces will best function moving forward.
There have been many lessons learned during this last year that will impact when, how, and even if all employees will be able to return more consistently or completely to the workplace. There are many potential scenarios businesses should consider:
1) Should all full-time staff be returned to the office/worksite?
2) Is there advantage in having staff continue to work 100% remotely?
3) Would a blend of these options be best? If so, how do we implement it?
4) What pandemic safety measures should remain in place?
No matter what option a business chooses for its “new normal,” leaders will need to determine how to remain profitable while retaining talent, nurturing workplace culture and safety, and assisting team members in their professional development.
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We recommend surveying your team members to learn what has been working (and not working) for them over the past year, particularly when they are remote and need to connect with their coworkers. Let your existing employees help make choices and give input that will make a supportive environment for all involved.
Safety and solvency have understandably been the main focus for most business owners over the past few months, but the regular practices of maintaining productivity and healthy morale should not be neglected.
How long has it been since your company addressed the following?
- Having a Strategic Plan that aligns with Human Resource needs
- HR Compliance with local, state, and federal laws
- Culture Building
- Employee Development
- Coaching employee issues
- Conflict Resolution between team members
- Management Training
The business world and workplace practices will undoubtedly continue to change in 2021, but that is not to say that with proper planning, businesses won’t be able to enjoy even greater success than imagined prior to being saddled with the Coronavirus Pandemic.
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