A lot has been mentioned about managing work-life balance through the lockdowns of the pandemic. But do we know what can managers do to hold themselves and their teams up for maximum productivity when the partial lockdowns are eventually lifted?
Both employees and employers play important roles in ensuring employees are engaged and productive post-lockdown at the workspace.
So, what are all it takes to keep yourself and your team engaged when work from home ends?
For many employees, the return to the workspace will be in the assumption that commuting to the workspace might expose them to risk. Their concern about health and safety at the office space is likely to be a major stress for employees, and that stress can significantly impact attendance and productivity. While managers can’t really remove these real risks, they can ensure workplace health and safety.
Employers should make sure everybody follows health and safety protocols at the office space. This includes communicating about the safety guidelines as usual, such as wearing masks, temperature screenings, and regular sanitizations. The most important is to ensure their workstations are at least 6 ft apart as suggested by WHO. If they are having space constraints they can temporarily book office space in Delhi or any other city when the company is situated.
These office spaces in Delhi, Mumbai, Gurgaon, or any other city follow all safety measures by doing everything they can to maintain sufficient personal protective equipment and disinfecting supplies.
Furthermore, because the conditions surrounding the pandemic can be so unpredictable, companies or even individual managers can express their dedication to safety by going above and beyond to maintain health and safety standards set by local public health departments.
For example, a manager may proactively implement mask-wearing within their team for a lower risk of them getting infected. Most importantly, managers’ responsibility to the health and safety of their teams must be more than just lip service. Also, employees should closely follow all the protocols for their own well-being.