The pandemic is an opportunity for employers to invest in worker health and wellbeing, according to a workplace technology company.
Robin Davies, business development director of Freespace told Facilitate that while "these are difficult circumstances, we must attempt to find positives".
He said: "Business leaders should use this window of opportunity to continue reviewing their real estate and office processes to add further layers of reassurance to their employees. If the pandemic has taught us one thing it’s that businesses are taking more of a vested interest in their employees’ health and wellbeing, and that can only be a good thing."
He added: "Clearly, many workers across the country are anxious about returning to work. They are looking to their employers to support new ways of ‘hybrid’ working that support both working from home and the office.
"Perceptions of an employer are greatly influenced by the trust and commitment they place in new hybrid working models and how proactively they plan support working from home in the future.
"Covid-19 has become the opportunity for companies to prove that they value the health of their staff in ways that go well beyond box ticking exercises."
Davies said that some companies doing the minimum and are "merely seeking to meet government guidelines on social distancing in the workplace with others taking a much more proactive stance to the mental and physical health of their people".
Some companies, said Davies, have been "seeking to make working from home a supported environment with company collaboration and social media platforms designed to provide social bonds and professional connections that help people feel connected, happy and supported in the home working environment".