At the moment, most people are still working from home. Remote work has been one of the best ways to ensure businesses keep running during the pandemic, but hope is on the horizon. With several vaccines already approved, it may only be a matter of time before workers can return to offices once again. Unfortunately, several challenges may present themselves once employees can make their way back to the office.
Business leaders need to anticipate these challenges and pivot to meet their demands. The way employees do work will have changed drastically, and this change in behavior may impact how employees see the office and its procedures. Twelve members of Forbes Business Council weigh in on the potential challenges they see happening when employees return to the office and offer ways for management to deal with these situations.
Forbes Business Council members share what leaders should do to prepare for future office work.
Photos courtesy of the individual members.
1. Plan For Employees Refusing To Return
Many employees will question office work practices. If they can do the same work from home just as well, they will ask questions such as, “Why should we come to work?” I believe 20 to 30% of the workforce will continue to work from home. In addition, employees will expect a more flexible office-to-home relation. Companies should start planning for this now. Anticipate that many won’t be willing to work from the office. – Art Malkov, BlockchainDriven
Swapnil Agarwal, Nitya Capital