Returning employees to the workplace based on their individual health risk is a return-to-work strategy being pursued by just shy of half of businesses, with 46 per cent staggering their employees' return based on the criticality of their role to the business.
The indications come from a survey conducted by recruiter Robert Walters. These also suggest that 44 per cent of firms plan to reduce office space, a third intend to change their office layouts while a quarter will phase their employees’ return based on the local infection rate.
Among other strategies being pursued are the creation of smaller work groups (40 per cent), changing work hours (34 per cent), a voluntary return scheme (33 per cent), and the splitting of work shifts (28 per cent).
“A return to the office brings about many perks, including social inclusion, better workplace collaboration, a separation of home life, and a reinforcement of company values,” said Robert Walters’ director Lucy Bisset.
“What employers need to do is merge the perks of office life with what people have been enjoying about working from home; for example - flexi-hours, a relaxed atmosphere, and avoidance of busy commute times.”
A third of companies admitted that they had not yet considered what their return to work strategy might be.
Remote management training requirement
As well as measures to welcome employees back to the workplace, three-quarters of those surveyed admitted that their senior team had not been equipped to manage teams remotely and that they now need training to adapt to new ways of working. When asked, participants said they needed training on being more empathetic to work-life balance (74 per cent), focusing on outcomes rather than work hours (65 per cent), improving on virtual communication (57 per cent), a better understanding of mental health and wellbeing (52 per cent), and creating a more collaborative environment (36 per cent).
The global findings are published in a white paper entitled Returning to the New World of Work.
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“A return to the office brings about many perks, including social inclusion, better workplace collaboration, a separation of home life, and a reinforcement of company values”