In a webinar that I presented last week, I asked people to answer this question when they registered: ‘What are you most concerned about in transitioning back to the office?’
The 116 employees from 15 industries answered with one sentence. From these 116 sentences we formed a WordCloud to find out the main concerns. As you can see from the image above the top 4 concerns were:
- Health and safety
- Spread of virus
- Coping with change
- Social distancing in the office.
As we begin the 3 stages of returning to normality, it is critical employers understand that employees have mixed feelings about more change.
The individual concerns varied greatly from ‘spread of the virus again’, ‘job security’, ‘being amongst people again’ to ‘having to commute again’, ‘missing seeing my girls before dinner’ and “Do we really need to go back to the office?”
These insights mean that employers must plan for multiple scenarios and employee options. There will be some employees who can’t wait to get back to the office, some who would like to begin a mix of working from home and in the office, and some who don’t want to leave home.
To create a supportive culture today – and moving forward – there are 3 questions every leader should be asking:
- Do we feel connected?
- Do we feel safe?
- Do we have a shared future?
Assessing these questions regularly – and taking appropriate action – will ensure the best transition to the new world of work
You may also consider providing self-care and crew care webinars to your WFH employees to provide them with practical solutions to apply each day.