As Countries like Australia, New Zealand, Singapore others in South Asia tightening their control on COVID-19 with case numbers at record lows since February 2021, many working are looking to settle back into the office and into the new normal of working routines.
However, for many, returning to this routine can be a source anxiety and stress after becoming accustomed to the arrangements of the past year working from home. Today we have put together a list of 3 for office employers as they look see workers returning to the office from mid 2021.
Hand Sanitiser Must be Everywhere
It doesn’t matter who you are or what you do, the events of 2020 made us all highly aware of the importance of personal hygiene. Melbourne hand sanitiser companies have seen an immense increase in sales over the last 12 months, and this has only increased in recent months with companies looking to stock up on sanitiser supplies as their offices repopulate. Hand sanitiser stations will be crucial in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of all those returning to office spaces, and an emphasis on personal hygiene will be essential.
Make it Comfortable
2020 was a definitive year for working arrangements with many coming accustomed to flexible working hours from the comfort of their own home. Suit and Ties were ditched for pyjamas and keeping your top half presentable for Zoom, Microsoft teams and other online meetings throughout the day,
So, in this new post-COVID era we can’t simply revert to the working practices of old, the professional nature of offices will need to be balanced with a level of comfort to ensure the satisfaction and comfort or workers returning to these spaces. Ergonomically sound furniture provided by employers was said to make 73% of workers feel more comfortable in the office, from a recent study by Living Online. Investment in office furniture to keep your office comfortable and efficient would be a great way to ensure your workers are safe and productive.
Prioritise Output Over Hours
The increased flexibility provided an emphasis on productivity over sheer hours as workers look to optimise their work-life balance and get through their required workload in a reduced amount of time. As their workers return to work, employees should be looking at innovative ways to maintain their workers’ productivity and reward their output instead of making them feel like they are trapped back in the 9-5 office grind. New Zealand Prime Minister has suggested the idea of a four-day working week as a means of helping employees address work/life balance issues and maintain a flexible working arrangement. After testing in Spain, the government is now looking at sanctioning a four-day working week to boost productivity.