How to reduce the post Coronavirus cultural shock

  • Adapt: review what aspects of this new way of living can now be embedded into the working culture to mitigate the number of changes. After all, your employees have proven they are able to conduct their work at home so now would be a great time to review your flexible working policy.
  • Phase the return: once offices are allowed to open again, office days should be. reintroduced slowly. Start off with one or two days a week and slowly build it back up. Employees will not be use to their commutes, the working environment and may even experience separation anxiety from their loved ones having been with them 24/7 for many weeks (or months).
  • Keep the rapport: try not to lose the team camaraderie spirit that has developed. If you implemented virtual check-ins keep them in the diaries as they are just as important during the return to work phase of the crisis as they were during it.
  • Stay human: we all have been through this together however be mindful that everyone’s experiences would have been different. Some people may have lost love ones, or had minimal human contact if they lived alone, so we all need support each other as we and our nations rebuild.

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Clare Kitchen

Clare Kitchen

Business Consultant | Previous OU business student | Vegan(ish) | Dabbles in a bit of writing