With vaccine rollouts underway across the country, both companies and employees are shifting their focus to returning to the workplace.
From an organizational point of view, companies are thinking about how best to transition their teams from remote to in-house while employees have new expectations of the post-covid workplace.
After enjoying the many perks of working from home (WFH), employees are unwilling to let go of flexible hours, better work-life balance, and the reduced costs that come with remote roles.
In fact, statistics show that a whopping 60% of U.S. employees are looking for new jobs that meet their post-pandemic preferences.
With this number in mind, companies need to step up to the plate when it comes to providing work environments that meet the needs of their returning employees. In order to retain their staff, changes will have to be made. The good news?
These changes are pretty simple to implement, and above all, will keep your employees happy. And, as the saying goes, a happy employee is a productive one.
In this post, we'll look at a few ways in which employers can make changes to create better, more productive work environments and, in turn, retain their staff.
Your coworkers went from employees to people overnight as video calls featuring kids, sizzling pans, and rouge cats became the new norm.
Working from home meant spending more time with your family and pets while being able to do an online gym class during lunch or take your kids to the doctor.
No more long commutes or traffic jams also meant more time for other things like exercise, cooking, or walking the dog.
Nowadays, employees are more likely to demand a balance that lives up to their now familiar WFH expectations.
Perhaps this could mean offering full-time remote working, part-time remote working, or the ability to work remotely when your child is unwell, or you need to take your dog to the vet - no flack given.
Did you know? The tech company Kickstarter is experimenting with a four-day workweek, per Axios'. Ina Fried and Microsoft's Japan offices reported a 40% spike in productivity during a trial in which employees have Fridays off.
Many employees feel they can power through projects while working remotely or solo, while in-person meetings will always be the best place for collaboration, communication, and building community in the workplace.
Many employees (especially those in an open-plan office) find that they are, in fact, more productive when they are no longer dealing with constant interruptions and the general noise of the office.
A hybrid workweek is one where employees come into an office on some or certain days, overlapping with teammates for special purposes or meetings.
Did you know? Microsoft will allow each employee the option to work from home 50 percent of the time or less without needing to obtain approval from their manager.
3. Flexible Schedules
Parents and caretakers have been pushing for more flexible schedules for years. And with the pandemic lockdowns and school closures, flexibility to care for a family became more important than ever in 2020 and 2021.
As long as work gets done, many employees no longer see the point of traditional 9-5 hours and being forced to stick to an archaic set schedule. Plus, many organizations are taking notice as they witness employees thrive within their new, flexible work patterns.
Did you know? In Iceland, employees have tried cutting work hours or eliminating them altogether — without accompanying pay cuts.
They’ve found this did not impact worker productivity and employees reported less stress and an improved work-life balance, writes Axios' Yacob Reyes.
Of course, a big concern for employees returning to the physical workplace is related to their safety and the safety of the people they spend time with. Many workers (after being furloughed) reported that safety was their number one concern when returning back to the office.
In order to protect their staff, companies need to instill strict safety precautions. These precautions can include things like temperature checks or all staff and clients entering the building, multiple hand-sanitizing stations, and antibacterial hand wipes and sprays at all workstations.
Organizations should also employ professionals to deep clean their offices regularly to provide a cleaner, safer, and more hygienic environment.
Did you know? Many companies are hiring safety consultants to make sure they are doing everything they can to create safe environments for their employees and clients.
It's important for organizations to understand how much money and effort employees have saved by working from home.
rom saving on commuting costs and takeout lunches to corporate clothes and coffee runs, it's no wonder employees are seeing more disposable income sitting in their bank accounts at the end of each month.
In order to sweeten the deal, many companies are upping their perks to help employees to keep saving money.
Organizations are providing wellness programs, free coffee and snacks, workout and health stipends, on-site laundry, comfy and relaxing spaces, and ergonomic desks and chairs, to name a few.
Did you know? Bespoke benefit organizations (who will work closely with a company) have developed packages for employers who want to offer non-traditional perks, including organic veggie box deliveries and house cleaning.
More and more companies have gone 100% remote and have let go of their hefty lease fees. This is good news for most, but while some people enjoy working from home, others simply do not.
They miss the social aspect and regular human interaction that a working environment provides. For some, working in an office is simply better for their mental wellness too.
Providing a designated coworking space for staff to work from (either every day or some days) can be a huge perk that many companies are also considering.
Coworking spaces such as Cross Campus can offer your employees who miss routine and thrive in a working environment exactly that.
With locations in Beverly Hills, Downtown L.A., Pasadena, Santa Monica, and South Bay, our network of Los Angeles coworking and office spaces allows professionals and creatives the workspace flexibility needed to focus as well as collaborate.
Cross Campus' coworking office spaces are open, accessible environments where tech startups, digital media agencies, and freelance professionals from every industry can work together.
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