Back to the office: Four ways Recognition can help ease the transition06.07.21
Social Media & Content Writer
When Covid-19 first began impacting workplaces, we discussed how social recognition could help ease the move to remote working. Now, as the world prepares to head back to a new sense of normal, we’ve compiled a list of four things you can use recognition for now to support a smooth transition back to the workplace...
1. Reconnect your furloughed employees
In a previous article, we talked to recognition’s ability to keep furloughed employees socially and culturally involved with the business community (as much as they wanted to be). Thanks to recognition, being furloughed didn’t have to mean you were isolated from colleagues. OneHub | Recognition functions anywhere, on any device, with no need to use business technology or connections. Employees can stay up-to-date on their projects, check in with friends and colleagues, and remain part of wider employee social circles, even when they’re not working.
When re-joining the business, employees are bound to find it difficult to get back in the swing of things (particularly people who were furloughed individually, rather than as part of an entire department). As people come back to the office, employers can use recognition to emphasise their contributions to the business, helping them feel as though they belong again.
2. Build a sense of normality
Employees have proven their adaptability in the face of massive change and uncertainty. Still, creating a sense of continuity as workers return to the office and avoiding yet more upheaval will help maintain levels of resilience. Maintaining the use of the platforms that got us through remote working will support all the office / home / hybrid working models you’ll need to manage, and create a sense of continuity in the transition.
3. Keeping social(ly distanced)
Just because we may be back to work or returning to the workplace doesn’t mean that the workplace is returning to normal. In fact, for many employees, this new workplace of masks and partitions may be even more isolating than working from home.
Where face-to-face time will remain limited, even when we’re back in the office, employers can use a social workplace recognition app to bring people metaphorically closer together, to say ‘thank you’ to each other, to recognise good work, and to rebuild relationships around the business. If employees can’t sit next to each other, share a coffee or have a quick chat in the lift, having the constant of a recognition platform can be a huge help in maintaining a sense of community, cohesion and cooperation.
4. Motivating through a new normal
Coming out of the other side of Covid-19, employees are understandably eager to get back to normal and catch up on things that may have been postponed or missed while working remotely. For employers, this is an opportunity to adapt what we consider ‘normal’ for a new world of work.
Many employers are now considering what a new normal could look like; HR teams are investing in wellbeing, pushing flexible working policies or changing shift patterns. Using a recognition platform to show gratitude and thank others boosts the motivation of giver and receiver alike. Thanking others makes us feel good and being thanked makes us twice as likely to help someone out again in future.
Recognition has an endless list of benefits for your people and business, but in times of continued uncertainty, its biggest impact lands firmly in its ability to connect employees – be they countries apart, or just two metres.
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Lorelei is an avid proponent of iced coffee, video games and anything to do with outerspace.
Copywriter by day, filmmaker by night – Lorelei graduated from university with a degree in Film and Screenwriting, and continues to write and direct films with their production company. When not at work, you can probably stumble upon Lorelei buying overpriced cold brew in a hipster coffee shop or rewatching Buffy the Vampire Slayer for the 100th time.