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How to Manage Pandemic-Related Changes to the Workplace

How to Manage Pandemic-Related Changes to the Workplace

As COVID-19 restrictions lift, the new workplace will most likely be a combination of working remotely and at the office

Dennis Swijter

While the country is lifting pandemic restrictions, don’t expect a return to pre-pandemic normalcy. The pandemic forced working conditions to change drastically and employees now realize that the old way of working is not necessarily the only way. Trends such as mobility, choice, privacy, unassigned seating, and health and well-being, identified in the Gensler workplace survey 2020, must be taken into account. The new workplace will most likely be a combination of working remotely and at the office. To manage the changes in the workplace, here are five tips, based on the Lindenberger Group’s suggestions.

  • Identify the changes
    • Define the changes at the outset, but be prepared to adjust on the way as this is an iterative process.
  • Employee concerns
    • It is critical that employees express their concerns and that they are heard and considered at all times. Find the key players in the organization who have influence and are respected by their coworkers, and enlist their help.
  • Develop a plan
    • This includes a vision, mission, objectives, and performance objectives.
  • Don’t neglect the old ways
    • Incorporate what worked in the past, learn from it, and adapt if appropriate.
  • Challenges
    • Discuss the inevitable challenges and how to address them.

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- This article was originally published on the ALMA website. It has been reposted here with permission

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