The vast majority of human resources leaders expect people to still be working remotely well into 2021. But this doesn’t mean businesses shouldn’t begin preparing for what’s to come if and when people do return to their traditional workplaces. Here’s how IT support in Newport Beach can help you make the needed adjustments:
1. Understand that Not Everything Will Return to Normal
Though it’s expected that eventually, many people will return to their regular workspaces, businesses shouldn’t expect that everything will go back to how it was before the pandemic. Many employees will want to continue to work from home and there’s reason to consider allowing this.
It’s also possible that employees will have phases of in-office work and remote work in the coming years as industries change. It’s not out of the realm of possibilities to expect the next pandemic could result in many of the same restrictions, so there is no sense in completely undoing what you’ve put in place during 2020 to accommodate COVID-19. IT support in Newport Beach can help you create a blend of remote and in-person work arrangements that are suitable for your business.
2. Health Will Be the Number One Priority
Gone are the days when employees who pushed through a workday while fighting a minor to moderate illness are rewarded for their efforts. In the post-COVID-19 world, employers will encourage employees to stay at home at the first sign of illness. There are also likely to be protocols in place to allow employees to return to work after an illness. Medical releases will become more common for in-person work. Other safety protocols such as temperature checks, symptom checks, testing, or vaccinations might also be the norm. IT support in Newport Beach can assist with data tracking when it comes to health issues in the workplace.
3. Operational Changes Will Occur
In addition to changing the attitude toward sick time and remote work, businesses will be forced to make other changes, too, in the post-COVID-19 world.
For example, employees who frequently traveled as part of their work duties might be forced to find other ways to interact with clients outside of their immediate area. Workspaces might need to be reconfigured to allow for more social distancing on a permanent basis. This also includes meeting areas and other common areas. Meetings might even be held virtually on a full-time basis.
Many of these changes will affect tech. IT support in Newport Beach can help you implement the changes needed to allow your business to accommodate a different way of doing things.
4. Businesses Will Need to Be More Sensitive to Employee Issues
If there’s one thing we’ve learned from the pandemic, it’s that people have different situations and a one-size-fits-all approach rarely works. Employers are going to need to acknowledge employee needs, especially when it comes to health issues. Whether it’s being more sensitive to an employee’s desire to work from home or to their concerns about exposure to an illness due to their own weakened immunity or that of a loved one, employers must take things into consideration that they rarely planned for in the past. IT support in Newport Beach can help with all of these adjustments.
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