As the curve continues to flatten, businesses and society must consider what returning to normal may look like. Although organizations have settled into new ways of working, the implications of COVID-19 for businesses, especially as they relate to the workforce, will remain long lasting.
The question of when and how to gradually bring employees back to the workplace represents one of the most critical challenges organizations will need to solve.
Leaders will need to consider a workforce strategy that meets the evolving needs of their business and provides the required support for their people. They must learn from the first stage of their crisis response to build resilience and future-proof their organization from further disruption.
Returning to the workplace isn’t just bringing employees back into the physical space, but it’s also about finding opportunities to adjust business models and workforce structure to thrive in the new era of business.
There are four key elements of a return-to-workplace plan.
Health and safety, privacy and social responsibility
Protect your employees, including their privacy, and reinforce your commitment to social responsibility.
Work organization and technology
Ensure your return-to-workplace plan reflects your organization’s realities and capture opportunities to revisit your operating model and organizational structure.
Prepare for fluctuating demand after the initial crisis period and explore opportunities for new revenue streams and cost efficiencies.
Worker needs, preferences and skills
Put employees at the heart of the return-to-workplace planning process and consider the different scenarios. Revisit the way you manage skills in the short and the long term.
In unprecedented times it can be challenging knowing if you’re headed in the right direction or even where to start. Regardless of where you’re at in your return-to-workplace plan, we can help you get the most of it, setting your organization and people up for success and building resilience for years to come.
The pandemic has opened our eyes into how quickly the world can change and has emphasized the importance of being able to move with speed and agility. Real-time insights can quickly identify opportunities and help you lead your business with confidence.
The choice of return-to-workplace technologies must be informed by a robust and comprehensive strategy that considers the right internal and external inputs. Defining the technology strategy prior to vendor selection and implementation lowers the operational, privacy and financial risk, ensuring organizational buy-in, and increasing the overall impact by aligning return-to-workplace processes and tools with broader organizational goals.
Our return-to-workplace technology framework will help you assess and right-size the emerging and complex return-to-workplace technologies that will be the most beneficial to your business.
We’re on the edge of a new world of work—one brimming with possibilities to reimagine the way we use technology to collaborate, innovate and deliver differently. But our ability to do so is only as good as the leaders who recognize the opportunities in virtual work environments and can lead their workforce effectively.