The future may be riddled with uncertainties, but one thing we know for sure is that the way we work and the environments we work in will have to change.
With the help of digital tools such as video conferencing and collaboration software, employees have been successfully working remotely for months now. Even so, you may be eager for your employees to return to the office. Before this can happen, you should make sure you understand how to create a safe work environment at your business.
Software Advice ran a survey in June and found that the majority of employees expect certain safety measures to be put in place before they feel comfortable returning to the office. Some of these changes include:
- Requiring employees to wear masks (73%)
- Daily rigorous cleaning and disinfecting of work surfaces (80%)
- Fewer in-person meetings (80%)
- Changing the office layout to promote social distancing (70%)
Click here to learn more about our survey methodology.
These findings help us understand what the workplace of the future will look like. Check out our infographic below to see our predictions for all the ways your office will need to adapt.
Check out these resources before you rush to return to the office:
Creating a safe work environment is more than just rearranging furniture; it means that employees have to take personal responsibility for wearing a face mask, maintaining social distance, and disinfecting shared spaces. Because of that, communicating your back-to-the office plan is just as important as physically preparing your space.
Start building your back-to-the-office strategy with these resources:
- Report: What Employees Want In The Workplace
- 4 Myths About Workplace Effectiveness Busted
- Project Management Communication Skills When in Crisis
June survey methodology
The Software Advice COVID-19 Consumer & Employee Impact Survey was conducted in June 2020 to understand how the priorities and preferences of people—as consumers, employees, and patients—have shifted due to COVID-19. We surveyed 232 employees making up a representative sample (by age and gender) of the U.S. population.
We worded the questions to ensure that each respondent fully understood the meaning and the topic at hand.