Excerpted from The SHRM Blog by By Indie B. Bollman, MBA, SHRM-SCP, SPHR

At some point in the hopefully not too distant future, employees will start returning to work in the physical workplace instead of working remotely from their homes. Just as the transition from the workplace to home represented a significant shift, returning to the workplace won’t be without its challenges.

Here’s how to set your employees up for successful re-entry.

Help employees mentally prepare to return to work.

Give employees some time to prepare to return to the workplace. After all, the pandemic already showed that employees could be just as productive working remotely. While some employees have their work attire hanging on the back of the door, lunch planned, and keys in hand, others may face the prospect with dread. Empowering your employees to choose their timing shows you care about their mental health, safety, and wellbeing.

What do you need to ensure a safe work environment? Will you need extra COVID-19 protocols such as partitions, extra space, hand sanitizer, or hand-washing stations? Communicate your preparations with your workforce before they return, and have everything in place. Take your time creating your new “normal;” employees trust you to protect their well-being.
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