Back to the office

In the last year and a half we have lived in times of great turmoil and instability at various levels due to the circumstances we all know. The pandemic shook the lives of each one of us and society in general, forced us to reorganize and adapt our personal, family and professional lives, and brought a new form of work organization to many companies.

Teleworking, already provided in the Labor Code and a practice in some companies, has become a reality. Recent studies reveal that the companies’ transition to this model was very successful thanks, in part, to people capacity to adapt to adversities. Remote team meetings, conferences with clients, business events and training activities have become the day-to-day.

Gradually, everything seems to return to normal. From the family reunions we were looking forward to, meetings with friends we hadn’t seen for a long time, going to the gym or simply going to the nearby cafeteria, the return to the office for many is already a reality.

In this regard, there are many challenges that companies face, but there is a common idea: nothing will ever be the same. Returning to the office has been one of the most discussed topics because how the pandemic changed the way many companies organized themselves. The work organization model experienced over the last year and a half has come to be sure that many companies have on their horizon a hybrid model in their form of organization that benefits both the worker and the employer itself.

If for managers, presence in the office is essential for greater communication, increased efficiency and promotion of the company’s culture, for employees it is important to have direct contact with colleagues and clients, to better perform some tasks and have easier access to training and career development.

Here are some tips on how companies can manage the return to the office:

  • Ensure everyone’s safety

Through the mandatory use of masks and maintenance of distancing rules, the creation of safety conditions such as greater spacing between desks, regular disinfection of common spaces, clear communication of initiatives.

  • Communicate, communicate and e communicate

Keep the team informed and communicate your company’s security policies (checking symptoms and/or carrying out tests, physical distance between workspaces and outdated hours, for example), or any changes that may arise.

  • Recognize that employees have changed

Employees returning to offices are not the same. The work has entered the employees’ homes, and their personal lives became transparent against the backdrop of Zoom meetings. In many ways, people’s lives have changed which means they have changed too.

  • Adapt the office space

By creating a office space that people want to return to, this will motivate people.

  • Meet workers’ needs and seek new benefits

Analyze the benefits program that the company offers its employees and improve it, but also reinforcing the culture of physical and mental well-being can be a good bet.

  • Provide Team Buildings

With security measures being reduced, a good way to unite the team is to promote connection meetings between people, motivating them through Team Building activities.

Salomé Neves

HR Manager