The pandemic changed our lives. While some business owners stop the work process others transfer their employees on remote work. However, authorities gradually remove restrictions associated with the coronavirus pandemic. Thus, many business owners are considering returning their employees to the office. It is crucial for business owners to think about several important things before turning back into the office.

Here are 6 important things to consider if you want to return your workers in the office.

1. You need to honest
You must understand that most employees want to stay at home because they are afraid of getting sick. For this reason, you must give employees a good argument to convince them to return to the office. In this situation, it is necessary to be as honest as possible. If the manager evades direct answers, this may cause distrust on the part of subordinates.

In addition, employees will perceive negatively your statement that you do not like the remote work. For them, this will mean that the manager cannot rely on the team and wants to constantly keep them under control.

2. Consider all pros and cons
Before making a decision to return employees in the office, managers need to weigh the pros and cons. Are you really sure that your employees need to return to the office? Will their presence at the office really improve the work? In the current situation, it is necessary to keep workers at home for as long as possible. Despite the authority eliminate the restrictions, another wave of a pandemic may await us.

This means that the world population will have to adapt to the new realities until a vaccine against coronavirus will be developed and distributed. Until a vaccine will be developed, it is better to left your employees at home.

3. Protect your employees on the workplace
If you want your employees to return to the office, then you must take responsibility for their health. The situation in the world requires a different approach to the organization of the workspace. You must provide staff with disposable medical masks and purchase disinfectants. The distance between employees in the office must be at least 1.5-2 meters.

4. Take care of your employees
During a pandemic, it is very important to support your employers. They want to be sure that they can save their salaries and employment. Therefore, it is a bad idea to cut salaries during a pandemic. Facing such behavior, your employees will unlikely want to perform their duties remotely and will not be happy to return to the office. A pandemic is your chance to show the staff your care about them. It is also recommended to take care of the mental health of employees who lost their relatives due to coronavirus.

5. Do not hide important information
During a pandemic, it is vital to have up-to-date information. If someone in your company sick with coronavirus you must let your employees know about it. If you don’t want to reveal the person’s identity, then tell your employees which department is at the risk and when sick person was in office. If it was a cash flow management specialist, then inform all financial department that one of their colleagues is sick. Thus you may prevent the infection of even more people.

Being honest with your employees is the best policy in the midst of a pandemic. Thanks to this, you will be able to maintain a calm atmosphere in the team and stop rumors about the sick colleagues.

6. Communicate with your employees
Don’t hide from your employees in your workroom if you decide to return them to the office. Remember that you are responsible for their health and adaptation to work after the quarantine. This means that you need to stay open with employees and able to timely resolve all pressing issues. There may be more conflicts in the office because of the nervous tension associated with pandemic.

Author's Bio: 

I am Amelia Grant, journalist, and blogger. I think that information is a great force that is able to change people’s lives for the better. That is why I feel a strong intention to share useful and important things about health self-care, wellness and other advice that may be helpful for people. Being an enthusiast of a healthy lifestyle that keeps improving my life, I wish the same for everyone.