Ideas for returning to the office
You have had the Management meetings, worked out what you need to do as a business, sent some or maybe all of your workforce, (most of them happily and skipping) into the new norm that is now called furlough.
Having navigated through the maze of furlough, sent out the correct legally enforceable letters, dealt with endless questions galore around holiday pay, T&Cs and making that complicated claim! The tides are shifting and hang on….
You have been told that the multi-million-pound project will re-start soon, or maybe just maybe the UK lock down restrictions are going to be lifted and we can get back to the office...
We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again. (Queens speech)
Easy! Plan and prepare for when the times come, which it will. We do not yet have confirmation as to when, or to what extent, what we know is that it is time to start thinking about your ‘after lock-down’ people strategy. Some planning and preparation will be required to ensure that it goes smoothly.
Getting back to business potentially needs more thought, after time in isolation and not being involved in the business, your people may be apprehensive about returning to work, especially surrounding H&S.
Communication is key. Tell them what changes you have made, and what is expected of them. Follow it up in writing (we advise to give them as much notice as possible) and explain the detail including what it means to be De-furloughed and the impact on their T&Cs. Do not forget about your non furloughed workers who have been obediently working from home and using all sorts of fancy apps to keep the visuals and communication going, tell them the plans if it is office reopening time!
We are working with clients on all these topics, as we said before, planning is key for a successful strategy. if it’s something you would like to chat about then please contact the team on firstname.lastname@example.org or 01926 754 085, we always love to chat people and strategy.
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