If your business has office staff, chances are, they’ve been working from home over the past year and a half or so. The rapid rise and spread of coronavirus and Covid-19 saw huge changes in the way that we work. Governments implemented rules and measures that encouraged people to stay home as much as possible, meaning that many office staff, able to work from their laptops or computers from home, switched to working on a remote basis. For some businesses, this has worked. Staff have been able to complete their work effectively and efficiently without the need for an office space, and businesses have reacted by switching them to permanently remote contracts. However, if you’re eager for your staff to return to the office, you’re going to have to make an effort to ensure that the office space is safe and pleasant for them to return to. Here are some suggestions that can help you to achieve this, creating a quality workspace for your employees.
First and foremost, you need to conduct a deep clean of the office before staff members’ return. Chances are, the office has been unoccupied for a long time now and dust and dirt may have built up. You also need to make sure that your staff are comfortable returning to the space and feel that it is clean, safe and hygienic. Deep cleaning is best carried out by professionals. There are a number of cleaning companies out there to choose from who will be able to get your workspace up to a good standard. You may also want to consider additional services, such as antiviral fogging, duct cleaning and more. You can learn more about this here.
Over time, the computers, laptops and other pieces of equipment your staff use will become outdated and better versions will appear on the market. Of course, you don’t need to update every single time there’s a new release. But every once in a while, it’s a good idea to update your team’s hardware to ensure that they have working equipment to complete their work from. This can streamline processes and increase productivity, as older hardware can hinder your staff, taking longer to load and potentially shutting off without saving.
Update Staff Facilities
Most offices will have a space for staff to take a moment away from their desk and relax. This may be a kitchen, break room or anything else. Whatever you offer, it’s a good idea to update it every once in a while. Things that get used on a day to day basis may get run down, so replace them as and when needed. Perhaps you need a new coffee machine or kettle in the staff kitchen. Maybe you could do with a better quality television in the break room. On the grand scale of things, these aren’t massive investments, but can greatly increase staff satisfaction.
These are just a few suggestions that can serve as starting points to improve your workplace for your business and for your staff. Hopefully, some will speak to you and you’ll be able to implement the changes sooner rather than later!