Fear of contracting COVID-19, especially with recent eruptions of new variants, has placed a lot of strain on companies of all types and sizes. It would seem that getting back to normal operations might take a little longer than any of us imagined.
Employees of larger companies that can’t or won’t return to the primary office may be looking at serviced office space as an alternative to working from home with all its inherent distractions. Employers are encouraged to create safe and socially distanced office environments to ensure their employees feel comfortable returning to the job.
For Employees: Addressing Concerns
As anxiety builds over safety, practicalities of social distancing, and exposure to the virus from working among others in closer quarters—not to mention commuting—many are concerned that returning to a former workplace is still too uncertain to contemplate.
You may prefer to remain working from home or a temporary office space. Some are concerned about health benefits and pension plans and whether these will be in jeopardy if they refuse to return to the primary workplace.
If you feel that returning to work would be a positive step but have reservations nonetheless, there are steps you can take to help ease the transition.
First, getting vaccinated is an option. While personal choice in this matter should be respected, if there isn’t an underlying reason behind not having the vaccinations, reconsider this option.
Focus on the positives. Working with former colleagues may help to ease anxiety and bring more balance back into your daily routine. Loneliness factors with many and returning to a safe and responsible workplace will rebuild lost social connections.
Six Steps to Take for a Safe Workspace
1. Give Your Workspace a Makeover
Giving your workspace and work wardrobe a makeover can supply a shot of freshness and inspiration. It will also help mark a new beginning.
2. Establish a Routine
Prepare for the new workday routine by creating a new schedule. Make a weekly schedule with essential goals, reach goals and a wish list of things to do.
3. Discuss Company COVID-19 Policies
With your employer, discuss what the company has done and is willing to do to ensure the continued safety of its staff. Listen to suggestions from the staff and post your policy where everyone can find it.
4. Workspace Commitment
Employers must prepare for employees return to work by implementing measures to minimize any risk of virus spread. Temporary office spaces should remain especially vigilant as they see a changing group of people daily.
5. Provide Screening and Reorganize the Layout
To help with social distancing, rework desk space layout and provide clear screening between office areas to help employees feel more secure in their space.
6. Work With Employees Transitioning
Many employees have established workable and productive routines at home and in temporary office spaces. Introducing new and flexible working schedules may lead to greater productivity and employee happiness.
The bottom line is companies need to take extra measures for reopening and welcoming back employees in 2022. Temporary office spaces like Workspaces by Rockefeller Group are committed to providing safe and socially-distanced executive office spaces for local and long-distance workers and small business owners. Let’s all look forward to a safe and productive new year!