In light of the coronavirus pandemic, many businesses around the globe were left with no choice but to implement remote working practices over the past year or so. This, in turn, saw millions upon millions of workers redesigning their homes to create their very own at-home offices, in an attempt to try and balance work and home life while stemming the virus’ transmission.
However, now that there are multiple vaccines available and the world is slowly but surely returning to some semblance of normality, many business owners are currently posing the question: should they stick to remote working or go back to how it was before, by inviting their staff back into the workplace?
Well, while both sides of working have their various advantages and disadvantages, we’re here to discuss some of the key reasons as to why we think your employees should be encouraged to come back into the office.
- It could help improve their mental health
One of the key reasons to encourage your employees to return to the office is because of the potential mental health ramifications they may be struggling with while at home.
The coronavirus pandemic has thrown the importance of mental health into the limelight like never before, with hundreds of workers estimated to now be struggling with burn out, anxiety, and depression due to the pandemic.
As such, inviting them back into the office could help provide them with the release and change of scenery they need to get their mental health back on track.
It is in the very nature of humans to crave interactions, after all, so without having had that in their lives throughout the pandemic, your employees could be a lot less motivated to work than they were before. A return to the atmosphere and camaraderie of the office could change all that though, so it’s important to think about.
- It could improve your business’s cybersecurity
Coupled with the rise of remote working, there has been a significant increase in the number of cyberattacks and leaking of confidential company data.
This has largely been because it is a lot more difficult to keep multiple remote working setups secure, since most employees will often use public computers and home broadband setups with fairly weak cyber defences.
As such, inviting employees back into the office should make it a lot easier to improve your business’s cybersecurity, since everyone will be back accessing the server in-house rather than from multiple remote bases. This, in turn, could save you a lot of time, stress and money, significantly lowering the likelihood of suffering from a cyberattack.
- It could improve their productivity
While Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Google Hangouts may all have their various merits, nothing can ever replace the feeling of a face to face conversation.
With this in mind, the return of employees to the workplace means that the days of video conferencing will effectively be at an end, allowing employees to talk about work-related issues in person without the threat of Wi-Fi-related issues.
Likewise, employees tend to work a lot more productively when they’re actually around each other, being able to share ideas and resolve issues without needing to rely solely on email.
As such, by encouraging your staff to come back to the office, you could not only see an increase in their engagement and productivity levels but also in the quality of work they’re producing.
- It could improve staff morale
After spending such a long period away from seeing friends and family, many of your employees will likely be longing for things to get back to normal.
By inviting your staff back into the office, you can provide them with this sense of normality, giving them the freedom to see and speak to colleagues they likely won’t have seen face to face since the start of the pandemic.
As a result of this, the morale of the working environment could drastically improve, which could have a significant knock-on effect on many other aspects of the workplace – from engagement to productivity to staff turnover.
Many of your employees may feel comfortable working from home and, if they do, that’s fine – you will need to respect their wishes and work around that.
However, it’s important to remember just how beneficial having staff in the office can be for you as a business owner.
Not only is there a much lower likelihood of a cybersecurity attack taking place, but there is also an increased likelihood for employees to work a lot more effectively, which can only be a good thing for your business.