The ongoing threat of COVID-19 has forced bosses into uncharted territory, and those who fail to properly address the continuing challenges posed risk losing staff and damaging workplace culture.
This year will be an experiment in remote and blended work arrangements, and getting it right will be a huge challenge for many workplaces.
Employers' number one priority must be to make sure their staff feel safe returning to their communal place of work. But that's not as simple as going back to the same old arrangements as pre-COVID. Companies need to rethink their workplace environments - because the new office requires a new understanding, new practices and a new work model.
The workplace in 2021 is going to look very different and structures that embrace alternative working arrangements, such as hybrid teams, will become the norm but it will also expose flaws.
Here's what your priorities should be:
It would be a lot easier to manage staff if they all worked the same way, but the post-COVID culture of going back to the old ways of five days a week in the office means the structure and social side of our working life is possibly gone forever.
Has your workplace fully considered the ramifications of the last year, and are you really ready for the next one?
Maureen Kyne is a workplace expert.
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