The pandemic and subsequent lockdowns changed the way we lived and worked for more than a year. For essential employees such as those working at hospitals, supermarkets, certain public spaces, and factories, it was business as usual, or at least some form of that. But, for others, ‘work from home’ became the new way of life and it had many problems of its own. Finding the space and privacy to remain productive was a challenge for many, but we do as we always do, we adapt and overcome. Soon, working from home was just like any other day at the office. We would set schedules, create weekly goals, and get to work. This helped to keep many businesses afloat during the pandemic.
Today, however, with the worst part of the pandemic behind us, lockdown restrictions have been lifted, businesses are reopening and people everywhere are returning to the office. Furloughed employees and remote workers by the thousands are going back to work and this has left HR and payroll departments with some unique challenges of their own.
With that in mind, we are going to take a look at some steps that HR and payroll departments should take to make the transition back to the office an easier, more efficient one:
Focus On The Return- while this can be a very trying time for many companies, the best advice is to focus solely on the return to work. Don’t overthink things. Your general business operations worked before the pandemic and they will work just fine today. Instead, focus on the basics such as door and entry alarm codes, changes to the building layout, staff parking, and communicating all necessary information with the team.
Follow All Health And Safety Guidelines- your daily business operations should be unchanged, but there will be some new health and safety guidelines which have been put into place recently. It is important that everyone follows these guidelines if we are to avoid a future lockdown or new outbreak of the virus. Implement your own plan of action that goes above and beyond the recommended guidelines to ensure that your business is within compliance.
Review Your Flexibility Policy- as remote workers return to the office, they are going to find the daily workload very different to what they are used to. To make the transition back to the office easier and to maintain employee morale and productivity, take a look at your company’s flexibility policy. Relax some of the restrictions for the time being to ensure employees have a chance to acclimate to the workplace again.
Focus On Payroll- with employees back at the office, any payroll issues will need to be addressed much more quickly as these employees have new work-associated costs to deal with. When working from home, they didn’t need to concern themselves with the cost of commuting, lunches out, or work attire. To avoid any issues, keep your payroll system updated and automated with the relevant absence and attendance data to ensure that your employees are paid correctly.
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