With the number of COVID-19 cases in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and many parts of South Asia reaching record lows since the beginning of February 2021, there has been an increased number of workers making their way back to the office and preparing to settle back into the new normal routine.
But in a world after COVID-19 when so many have become accustomed to remote work and have embraced the benefits of WFH – how can employers make the office a nicer and safer place for employees to be in 2021? We have put together a list of 3 simple tips that office employers should be following as workers return to work in the second half of 2021.
Hand Sanitizer Must be Everywhere
It doesn’t matter which way you look at it, 2020 was a definitive year for personal hygiene and the new normal of hand sanitizer stations and hand sanitizer supplies will continue into the office in 2021. Hand Sanitiser Brisbane sales have soared over the last three months as local businesses in Queensland, Australia returned to work. Offices around the state have stocked up on supplies as a way to increase the focus on personal hygiene and ensure that everyone in office and warehouse environments has fair and equal access to hand sanitiser.
Make it Comfortable
Now, more than ever, office workers have become accustomed to a certain level of comfort in their place of work. In 2020, many workers went through a period of 3-4 months of lounging around home in their pyjamas while staying barely presentable on their top half for Zoom, Microsoft Teams and various other calls throughout the day.
So, in a Post-COVID world where workers prioritise the comfort that working from home provided, what can offices do to make their offices as comfortable (and productive) as possible? A recent study by Living Online found that 73% of workers said that they would be more likely to feel comfortable at work if they were provided with ergonomically sound office furniture. So, to keep workers as safe and productive as possible, it may be worth investing in office furniture that makes the environment as comfortable as possible.
Prioritize Output Over Hours In 2020, the idea of productivity over hours took center stage as more workers were able to get through a higher workload in a shorter amount of time thanks to fewer distractions and fewer meetings. In 2021, employers should be looking at ways to reward the output of employees instead of making them feel as though they are locked to a location for 8-hours a day. A new experiment in Spain will put the 4-day workweek to the test for the first time. After trialing the notion briefly in 2018, the government is now sanctioning a 4-day week that would see productivity at the forefront of the working day.