Going back to the office: getting your checklist ready this 2022
Shybrid and other uncertainties in the work setup have made the entire situation look like a pendulum. When one company announced going back to the office in the early or middle of 2021, it simply retreated. Others simply can’t decide.
As far as being remote or hybrid is concerned, going back to the office means everything is settled, including your employees’ preferences. That said, a hybrid work setup is a popular option for most companies.
Check your checklist
Here are some of the checklists you need to cross off before going back to the office:
Strategize hybrid work setups.
With the flexibility and work-life balance that a hybrid work setup offers, it is no wonder your employees prefer it. Strategize this work setup by keeping all your remote teams in the loop.
In fact, today’s employees can be classified into four main categories according to the JLL study in 2021, which you can use when strategizing.
a. Traditional office employee
From the name itself, these types of employees just love to work in the office full time. They may be more productive and focused in the office than in any other work setup. Additionally, this is much preferred by the executives.
b. The experienced lover
While working in the office promotes company culture and effective collaboration, it doesn’t mean that they have to be present every day. Experienced lovers would prefer to work from home or remotely for 1 to 2 days a week. They enjoy human experience, hence the name.
c. The wellness addict
These employees love the work-life balance of working from home for an entire week, though they sometimes go to the office for 1 to 2 days, but only for meetings and important face-to-face collaboration.
d. The free spirit
The free spirit employees are literally digital nomads. They want to work completely from home or anywhere they want.
Knowing what the majority of your team is will enable you to shape the workplace and conditions to suit their needs and thereby boost productivity.
Introduce coworking spaces.
Let’s face it. Not everyone can work from home because of lack of space and distractions. However, coworking spaces can help your teams become more productive in a hybrid work setup.
You can also develop strategies that will let them cost-effectively use the workspace. Take Deskimo; with many coworking spaces available online, all you need to do is download the app, browse through the locations you want to work at, and check in with a Pay As You Go option that only charges for the time you use.
Keep virtual tools intact.
2022 could not be a year for healing or certainty that everyone would be going back to the office. Keep virtual tools intact for project management, collaboration, and communication to keep your remote teams in the loop and constantly updated.
The Deskimo app will also provide you with the necessary information when choosing the perfect coworking space. Download the app now.
Get your COVID-19 screening ready.
Of course, your employees cannot be present in the office without a vaccination card. Keep everything in place, such as the screening tools and the guidelines for employees who recovered or were infected, and the timeframe before going back to the office. Encourage and promote a healthy work environment for everyone.
Clear guidelines and policies.
Aside from the COVID guidelines and policies, there should be a rule set specifically for the office work setup and contingency plans if another emergency comes up. Another thing is to tailor a particular policy for employees not working completely in the office.
This will ensure that everything is in order and well looked after.
Even at the start of 2022, we are greeted by the omicron variant that leaves many executives thinking twice about going back to the in-office operation. Adding to the lack of preparation, it’s almost impossible to set up a good working environment when you get back to the office.
Have you checked your checklist already before going back to the office in 2022? Get it all done today before jumping in!
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Deskimo is the flexible work platform of choice that helps businesses navigate the new future of work. With us, you and your business can adapt to flexible work, and pay-as-you-go across dozens of spaces in Singapore, Jakarta, and Hong Kong.
*Our workspaces are currently safe, open and ready for your return. Do adhere to local Covid-19 safety measures to keep yourself, and other workspace patrons safe.