On account of the Covid pandemic, companies are allowing their employees to work from home ("WFH") to help flatten the curve and protect the vulnerable. But what does this mean for businesses?
While working remotely has its fair share of benefits, like saving time and money on commutes and encouraging better work-life balance, it also has some downsides. Because they're not in the office with a team, WFH workers often feel less engaged and connected to their company, which can hurt productivity and performance. When managers and company leaders prioritise employee engagement and teamwork, regardless of an employee's location, the organisation as a whole thrives.
Engaging remote employees will ensure a team is still as efficient and productive as they would be in the office, if not more so. However, it can be difficult to define and measure what employee engagement looks like to your team members.
Working remotely is a challenge for many, as there tend to be distractions like chores, housemates or roommates, social media, and TV at home. The best way to gauge your employees' engagement levels is by simply asking them about their work and their concerns about returning to an offices.
An initial questionnaire covering some of the concerns that exist among employees can start the process of planning what your reconfigured workspace may look like and how the benefits for a company of being in an office can be maximised with minimal risk and anxiety to a workforce.
A sample initial questionnaire is outlined below - Keogh Consulting can assist you in development of your engagement questionnaires to start to a) understand what a day in the life of a post Covid knowledge worker may look like, b) what should organisations be doing in the near term to make employees feel comfortable and safe returning to the office, c) review current space to evaluate what may have to be changed moving forward and put in place a plan to do so.
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