When the pandemic started a year ago, employers had to react quickly to an unknown crisis with vague and conflicting information and significant employee concerns.
HR professionals were particularly challenged. There were ever changing guidelines, newly emerging medical information, and even politics entering the fray, adding to the confusion. There was the challenge of connecting with and engaging employees while they worked remotely, some with kids who were in and out and in and out of school.
It’s been an interesting twelve months.
As vaccines become more easily available and restrictions are loosened, employers are looking to the future to determine what the post Covid workplace will be like. Will we return to what we’ve always done? Do something new? Will we land somewhere in the middle? The good news is that this time around, we will have more space to plan and prepare for the return than we did for the exit.
Whatever we do will be another significant change. Change, of course, is uncomfortable so it will be important to do it well. Here are some suggestions that we have for navigating the change to a post pandemic workplace:
As the pandemic unfolded, the organizations we work with handled these challenges with care, compassion, and flexibility. It was no small feat. Like the palm tree that has survived a year of neglect in my office, we’ve come out the other side, maybe a little more bruised, but definitely stronger. Let’s make certain that we make the return easier than the exit.