During the last few months, we have all had to make dramatic adjustments to our daily lives.
Going to the office was no longer an option for many, whether we liked it or not. In the midst of these rapid changes, employers struggled with the logistics of moving their entire workforce to a full remote operation. In many cases, the easiest adjustments were with technology. The majority of small businesses already operate some or most of their technology in the cloud, so accessing data and applications from any location is not a problem.
The more significant impact was on managing a remote workforce while maintaining some sense of cohesion and belonging. Many employees felt isolated and a little jolted from their “normal routines”. Now as we begin to return the workplace, it will take some adjusting once again. This is a new world with new norms. Old habits we’ve spent our lifetime learning (such as shaking hands) are no longer acceptable.
As you return to work, be patient with your coworkers and employees, let them know that it is an adjustment for us all and remind them in a respectful way when they “forget” to practice the new norm. Understand that everyone will process the stress of this ordeal in a different way and it may take time for people to adjust and acclimate. We can all work together to make the great return a little less stressful and a little more comfortable for everyone by just being kind!