As organizations begin to plan for employees returning to the office, they should look at their employee location strategy and consider implementing hybrid workplaces. 94 percent of 800 employers surveyed by Mercer (an HR and workplace benefits consulting firm) said that productivity was the same as or higher than it was before the pandemic, even with employees working remotely. Creating a hybrid workforce enables a flexible workforce which increases engagement may be an attractive recruitment marketing tool.
Employers spend a vast amount of time ensuring all items are in place on their COVID-19 checklist. COVID-19 has also been a tremendous adjustment for employees that are working from home and for employers needing to implement a work from home policy while balancing skepticism about whether productivity is sufficient. Take some time to make your employees feel appreciated, it will go a long way to help build a harmonious workplace and reduce mental stress.
The definition of a workplace has been evolving over the decades – the past year has accelerated the shift. What are the risks associated with employees working from home and whose homes are outside of Ontario or outside of Canada altogether?