This is the January 2021, issue - Volume 8 Issue 1.
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It was a quick fix to deal with the pandemic—pack up your gear and work from home. That allowed many service companies to adapt to the new world we were plunged into—but it has consequences. Previously we have looked at technical issues but there are legal, tax and liability issues that companies are ignoring or have yet to consider. Ignorance is not an acceptable legal excuse. You could face serious issues as an employer or employee.
There are legal, tax and liability issues if you ask your staff to work from home.
As you reopen the office, you’ll likely abandon 100% work–from–home and stop short of 100% return–to–the–office. Just as either model causes operational problems, so does this hybrid model. If you’re looking to bring back (or develop) an environment that incubates creative collaboration, mentoring, the fun, people–side of the workplace, and a sense of belonging, you need a plan that anticipates problems and mitigates them. Here’s our checklist.
Your return–to–the–office plan needs to address the problems of less than 100% return.
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In coming months, the new coronavirus vaccines could allow you and your co–workers to return to your office. While this return will include many challenges, including possible requirements for social distancing, etc., new pandemic–related workflow changes could be much more important. Workflow changes can cause employee uncertainty about roles and processes, which can lead to job dissatisfaction and customer complaints. Here is our advice.
Returning to the office can mean workflow changes that can disappoint both employees and customers.
I was listening to a presentation, on line, of course, in which people were discussing how they felt about getting back to the office. Some people were very happy about seeing everyone in person again while some were not so sure. Back to the office will mean different things for different personality types so managers will need to use the right strategies to get everyone reintegrated and working well as a team. Here are the top issues.
Your employee personalities dictate that you’ll need the right strategies to get everyone back on board.