Reopening workplace post COVID has proven to be as hard as adjusting to WFH at the start of 2020. There is no clear roadmap to follow, no ideal practices to take inspiration from, and no predictable to-do list when it comes to making good health and work policies at offices.
All businesses are trying to do their best while re-opening the workplaces in order to keep their employees healthy and business performance steady. But there are some challenges that are making it a far-fetched dream.
Keeping Everyone Safe at Work
How to maintain distance? How to limit exposure? How to track health changes in all the employees? These are only a few of the questions that every organization is struggling to answer as there are too many boxes to check. Some organizations are introducing detailed check-ins and require everyone to report travel history, exposure to anyone sick, and strictly practice social distancing. While it is hard for organizations to practice everything manually, some are also bringing in AI to facilitate the process.
With constant screening, health data updates, and daily check-ins, it has become difficult for everyone to keep their health records private. It has become challenging for organizations to introduce policies that work to keep the health data of their employees as confidential as they can and make the screening as private as possible.
While administrations are trying to re-open the workplace by making sure everyone stays safe from the virus, they are neglecting the mental health aspect of this ordeal. Will the employees working in isolated cubicles, eating alone, and keeping a healthy social distance from their colleagues be able to perform like before? How to keep the morale high? How to help employees interact while social distancing?
These and more challenges are making it complicated for organizations to re-open workplaces post COVID and it is no longer clear if work from home is still the best strategy?