The news that lockdown restrictions are progressively being lifted is, on the face of it, good for our personal wellbeing and for the economy.
However, as with all change, it is best to plan a strategy as to how to navigate it.
This is especially true for businesses. Some careful preparation should be put into what the ‘new normal’ of work should look like in your business if you want to avoid running into some issues.
So we’ve put together a checklist to help guide you through what your considerations should be when planning your reopening strategy. It’s not an exhaustive list, but it should at least give you some food for thought. We’ve broken it down into four sections – People, Workplace, Technology, and Your Customers.
We fully understand the situation for every business is unique, but considering the checklist components should help you get organised and anticipate any potential obstacles.
It’s very possible, and understandable, that some or all of your team may be nervous about going back into the workplace. Some proper preparation might help put your staff’s minds at ease.
If you prepare properly, you can help enable them to focus on the work rather than the global health crisis. You and your employees should expect that returning to the workplace will not be the same as it was prior to COVID-19.
It’s important to make sure that social distancing can be practised throughout the workplace. So you’ll have to be prepared to make changes to your floor plans, conference rooms, and signage to make sure your employees can follow social distancing guidelines at all times. Your ultimate goal is to create an environment that is safe for all employees.
Put some thought into how your business might want/need to use technology from now on. Will you want to maintain some work-from-home capability for some or all of your staff? Your technology goal is to ensure your staff have all that they need to be able to do their jobs effectively while you ensure and maintain a safe and secure work environment.
You have the opportunity to play a key role in helping your customers to feel comfortable and safe conducting business with you post lockdown.
For advice and support on enabling your technology for returning to the office, give our experts a call on 0203 744 6689 or email us today.