Many businesses across the EMEA region are reopening offices that were closed for much of the pandemic, some for over a year. For many people, reuniting with colleagues after a long period away will be an exciting prospect, while business owners and managers will be eager to return to collaborative workspaces and make the most of on-site technology and facilities. However, others may have misgivings. There is a keener awareness of hygiene and infection risks in the wake of the pandemic and uncertainty about the future.
Research has found that reducing anxiety or fear amongst employees is the second largest challenge faced by senior executive and HR specialists (29%), after implementing health and safety practices (36%)1. It’s therefore vital that businesses ensure staff can have complete peace of mind in their working lives – that they’ll be able to work together productively, safely and securely. Whether people return to company offices full-time or undertake hybrid working, this may require redesigning office spaces and working processes. The right solutions, however, make this achievable.