Many states are now allowing non-essential businesses to leave their homes and go back into the office for work. But does that mean you should reopen your office for your team?
The good news is that it is up to you as the business owner. Many employers are reopening their offices, but allowing their team to still work from home if they feel more comfortable.
“The CEO of Twitter told their employees that they can work from home forever.”
“Google Is allowing their employees to work from home until the end of 2020.”
“Facebook is also allowing their employees to work from home until the end of 2020.”
Should you follow suit?
Many companies are now asking themselves this question and the answer is that it depends on the business model and role of the employee.
What is your business model? Is it easy for your team to work from home? Does anything change when they work from home? If something does change, is it for the good or the bad?
What is the role of your employee? Can they do the same tasks as they would in an office? Do they need to go into the office for any reason? Would they rather be at home or in the office? Where do they feel most safe?
These factors can dictate whether the employee should go into the office. Another thing to consider is the safety of your employees. The coronavirus is still around and some people may not have the health to work in an office just yet. How necessary is it to go into the office?
Many new work environments will change for the rest of 2020 and even indefinitely.
If you decide to let your employees work from home just like Twitter, Google and Facebook, make sure to prepare yourself for a culture shift.
You’ll need to learn how to continue the company culture, even while at home. You can try things like virtual happy hours, constant communicate via tools like Slack or even sending thoughtful company gift boxes to each of your employees.
A new norm is happening in the workforce and it is important to find what is best for your employees and your company’s success.
So should you reopen your office?
That is up to you & your team, my friend.