The Coronavirus has shown no mercy when it comes to undermining everything we know and consider normal, but nothing took a harder hit than businesses. Like with anything, adapting to a new normal isn’t always easy. But with people slowly starting to trickle back into work, businesses need to keep a few things in mind in order to keep their employees safe.
Working from home has risen in popularity over the past few years, but it seems like telecommuting jobs may be the future. With people working from home these days, they don’t have to worry about social distancing. As a bonus, businesses have access to a larger pool of employees since they don’t have to worry about accommodating a daily commute.
It’s no secret that some businesses prefer the micromanaging method to get the job done, but it has proven to not be an effective approach to managing a business. With less direct contact with staff, employers have to find new ways to manage the work of their employees and trust that they will get the job done.
A good thing about working from home is the fact that this new normal enables employees to take their time completing tasks as opposed to meeting stringent deadlines and getting stressed in the process. Employers are encouraged to give positive feedback when needed to ensure that employees know they are appreciated for the work that they do. It can be difficult to take a step back and let go of control and realize that things are changing.
While working from home will probably be here to stay, some employers are going to require that their employees come to check in periodically. Employers are eventually going to start allowing employees to trickle back in, but adopting safety measures could benefit them in the long run and help prevent further spread of the virus during a pandemic.
Employers should incorporate wellness checks and temperature checks before even attempting to allow people back into the building. Everyone should then be required to wear a mask in order to further help prevent the spread of the virus in the middle of a pandemic. It’s possible there will be a Coronavirus resurgence, but putting rules in place now will help businesses better weather the storm in the instance of the next catastrophe.