It’s no secret that many workers have been reluctant to return to the office since the pandemic began. And understandably so – after all, who wants to schlep to work 5 days a week, losing time and money on a fractious commute, when they can work from home just as effectively?
There are, however, some compelling counterarguments that managers can employ to lure their workers back to the office:
- First and foremost, working from home can be isolating and lead to feelings of loneliness and disconnection.
- In addition, it can be difficult to collaborate on projects or brainstorm new ideas when everyone is working remotely.
- And finally, there’s a lot to be said for face-to-face interactions – they help build relationships and trust. So if you’re able to lure your workers back to the office, you may find that they’re more productive, creative and engaged.
STRATEGIES TO GET YOUR WORKPLACE BUZZING ONCE AGAIN
Managers have been grappling with the question of how to tempt their staff back to the office since the pandemic first began to show signs of abating. Some have had success with a combination of incentives and flexible work arrangements, while others have resorted to more creative methods.
Here are a few things that managers can do to get their employees back into the office:
- Offer flexible hours. Staff members may appreciate the ability to start and finish their workday outside of the traditional 9-5 time frame.
- Allow for some remote work. Many employees have grown accustomed to working from home and may not want to give it up entirely. Managers can compromise by allowing for some days or hours to be worked remotely.
- Make the office environment more comfortable. Employees will be more likely to come into the office if it is a pleasant place to be. Managers can achieve this by ensuring that the office is well-lit, of comfortable climate, with ample break areas.
- Encourage social interaction. After months of isolation, employees may be craving some human interaction. Managers can create opportunities for socialising by hosting regular team lunches or after-work happy hours.
- Promote a healthy lifestyle. Employees may be more likely to come into the office if they feel that their health is being taken care of. Managers can promote a healthy lifestyle by providing gym memberships or installing standing treadmills for regular exercise at work.
One of the most important things that a manager can do is to create a cohesive work environment where employees feel comfortable and motivated to do their best. For many workers, this means being in an office setting where they can collaborate with colleagues and have the opportunity to socialise and build relationships.