Best Practices of Return to Office

August 5th, 2023
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Best Practices of Return to Office

Learn best practices for a smooth return to the office, ensuring a positive transition. Embrace strategies that promote well-being and productivity.

The working and workplace environment underwent radical changes in the aftermath of the global pandemic. The pandemic will always be connected when companies and others are engaging about a return to office as trending learning to expand their own practices for their employees 

Remote work became the new norm, allowing companies to continue with business while protecting employees' health and well-being. Companies are confronted with a new issue as the world progressively recovers from the pandemic: 

  1. managing the return to work 
  2. managing changes during return to the office

Having a Safe Return to Office Practices

The safe return to office practices that brings a seamless transition to your workplace and employees. Those practices that bring safe work environment into action are:

  1. Reduce workstation density and meeting room capacity for social distancing, providing safe office use even after returning to work.
  2. Determine Collaboration App Usage Requirements
  3. A new policy is placed once employees start their office visits 
  4. Creating new opportunities for employees and new executives to grow and learn new aspects being added to the workplace. 

Making employees feel comfortable returning to the office by offering new instructions and technologies to keep them secure.

What are the Best Practices for RTO?

This encourages the adoption of Office-first, Hybrid, and Remote-First practices by large companies because these companies have the resources and strategic input necessary to implement the intended strategies. 

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Here are the BEST practices that are placed by top companies in Canada and the United States: 

  1. Consider the new function of the workplace rather than merely the workplace itself.
  2. Optimize Communication and Collaboration areas or simply create more space for more employees to participate. 
  3. Prioritize change and feedback management 

For improving overall corporate diversity and inclusivity as well as workplace culture, Mckinsey gave insights into how businesses have managed and implemented strategic plans into key internal employee behaviors. 

Here are a few practices that are found in companies after the pandemic:

  1. Cultivate inclusive workplaces
  2. Pervasive workplace stigma
  3. Anticipating long-term adjustments to business processes
  4. Resilient mindsets guarantee that all of their workers can work in inclusive environments that promote their best work.

Why do these RTO Practices matter for the future workforce?

We still question “How and What” return to office will be shifting the workforce in every industry since Artificial Intelligence has dropped. There are a lot of changes happening within the market itself. So focusing on practice and strategy planning for companies to easily evolve in the technology advancement era is always to keep learning, developing, and training their employees. 

Here are RTO practices that the future workforce will keep an eye out for are:

     🤝Advice on selecting the ideal approach for your team

     ✅Providing Incentives to employees while they are at the office 

     💻Creating a hybrid RTO approach with a fair experience 

Learnings & Practices Fostering Hybrid RTO Workplace

The hybrid RTO Workplace approach looks at common concepts of hybrid that are: 

  1. Productivity 
  2. Tools and Resources 
  3. Work Model - Well Focused on Flexibility, not the location 
  4. Space Management + Work Arrangements
  5. Collaboration and Communication 
  6. Learning and Training Developments 

The Hybrid + RTO strategy focuses these ideas on the full picture of employees and other executives. Since the meaning "how we used to work," all strategic practices are founded on those 6 fundamental elements of hybrid. 

For companies and employees, the resumption of work following the pandemic brings both opportunities and challenges. Companies can get through this upheaval by embracing change, putting health and safety first, and encouraging open communication. A more engaged and effective workforce will result from a people-centric approach that takes employee well-being and work preferences into account.

Aqsa Aamir
Aqsa Aamir

Aqsa Aamir is a Digital Strategist at Litespace and has a Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management. Aqsa has experience in several areas of business and digital strategy. Aqsa's proficiency in creating hybrid work tactics to offer guidance in content planning. Her current focus is on hybrid work models and culture building in marketing. 

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