We are immersed in de-escalation. Restarting and adapting to the new reality with all the security and guarantees for clients and workers is a great challenge
The de-escalation plan announced by the Government will be extended, if everything goes through the normal course, until the end of June. Companies are having to adapt to this new reality that involves establishing hygienic protocols, as well as new schedules, functions, and the coexistence between the two worlds: office work and teleworking. As highlighted by Woffu, a startup specialized in optimizing employee time management, adapting to this new reality involves adopting digitization, time flexibility, and mobility policies that allow the company to function optimally.
Right now all the people who can do it are already teleworking. It is important to maintain this dynamic for as long as possible. First of all, to continue protecting the company’s professionals and their families. Second, to avoid unnecessary travel and continue to contribute to everyone’s health. In such a premature phase of the de-escalation, it would be unreasonable to return to supposed normality that is not, for now, the normality that we all wish. Therefore, prudence.
Flexible shifts and hours
Given the situation, it is necessary to try to avoid as much as possible to gather many employees in the work centers, for that reason it is necessary to create a shift system that allows them to organize the return safely. Also, we must take into account those employees who have children since the opening of educational centers is still far away, offering flexible hours in these cases is the best solution.
Hygiene and safety, above all
On the other hand, it is essential to establish a hygiene protocol in the company that involves respecting the safety distance, installing partitions (if necessary), signaling and mechanisms that remind everyone of the need to maintain distances and maximum hygiene measures and have a good cleaning service that performs daily disinfection. Likewise, it is necessary to supply workers with all the resources to carry out their work with all the safety guarantees: masks, screens, gloves, hydroalcoholic solutions, soap, and disinfectants.
Information and communication
It is essential to inform the staff of all the measures adopted, as well as prospects. For this reason, as the Woffu experts warn, it is vital to have digital tools that allow continuous communication with the team. Workers must be informed of the decisions made regarding working conditions, possible modifications, support measures, new norms and conditions to physically work in the offices, and safety and hygiene solutions.
Liquid work is here to stay
The health crisis has brought about the acceleration in the implementation of a new work trend: liquid work. In liquid work, flexibility prevails, hierarchies, and limitation to a specific space disappear. The liquid worker can work at any time, from anywhere, with any type of employment relationship in the context of digital transformation that is necessary for their day to day. Therefore, companies must adapt to this new context that is here to stay, and that happens through adopting digitization policies, flexible hours, and mobility.