Facilitating a Smooth Return to the Office

Well, here we are. Getting ready to return to the office and get back to “normal.” Excited?

Leaders, you have some work to do to ensure we all reintegrate in a positive way. Here are some tips to help you welcome back your team.

  • Allow for opportunities to reconnect socially.  Arrange some casual meeting times for the team to catch up with each other before diving into the work.
  • Allow for differences in Covid tolerance levels.  Some will be quite comfortable being in close contact without a mask, while others may be much more hesitant. 
  • Take the time to listen to concerns and don’t dismiss them.  Ask what they need in order to feel safe and find ways to accommodate everyone’s comfort levels.
  • Expect some friction.  Take time to reestablish group norms and boundaries.  Set up meeting participation guidelines and expectations for conduct.
  • Check-in often both personally and organizationally.  Be transparent about how the workplace moves forward post Covid restrictions and be as equitable as possible to ensure a smooth transition back to an in-person workplace.

And – as always – if you’re unsure you have the skills to facilitate a smooth reentry, or your organization has lost its leader, our team has the skills and resources to help. Contact us for a free consultation or read about our Workplace Services.

Facilitating a Smooth Return to the Office

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