Four Tips from Employees on an Easier Transition Back to the Workplace

Four Tips from Employees on an Easier Transition Back to the Workplace

Some employees and workers are apprehensive to get back to the office; here are tips provided for a more welcoming approach back.

There is talk all around the country for different companies to allow employees back in the office. LaSalle Network’s Office Re-Entry Index finds that most CEOs that were surveyed believe everyone will be back in their workspace by the fall. However, it will not be the same as before. The Willis Towers Watson 2021 Employee Experience Survey found that around 94 percent of employers said “providing a better employee experience was a top priority for them.” Most are expecting a hybrid workforce to now be the norm.

“What people want is a high-performing employee experience. So, that that means when they arrive at the workplace—whether that’s virtual, remote, or in some form, hybrid work arrangement—they want that experience, the sum, essentially, of all the touchpoints, and the moments that matter between an individual and their organization, to be as high performing as possible,” says Andy Walker, managing director, Willis Towers Watson.

Mitigating Risk

Social distancing is key. According to an article, at a real estate technology company, dividers were added between desks, seating was changed and capacity limits were set. Subsidized parking was also enabled for people who felt uncomfortable using public transportation.

“[Our HR operations team] anticipated the needs and is trying to help ease some of that natural fear and anxiety of, ‘Okay, what am I coming back to? And especially then there were still so many unknowns,” says Shelly Just, team lead, implementation management at HqO. “HqO has been really intentional and genuine about ensuring everyone felt comfortable enough to come back to the office and ensuring the guidelines we put in place were respected by everyone who was choosing to come into the office.”

Listening and Phasing Reentry

Some employees express concerns about losing freedom, safety and productivity when returning to the office especially when having to commute again. Prane Wang, head of market development at medical scheduling platform Zocdoc, is ready to get back to the office.

“I miss in-person interaction and spontaneous catch-ups that bring people closer in a workplace. So I can’t wait to see everyone in real life and find out how tall everyone is,” she says.

Supporting Employee Finances and Mental Health

Online marketplace, Etsy, made working from home a lot easier with a $100-per-month stipend to help employees offset the costs of working from home. The company also subsidized ergonomically correct home office furniture to help ensure working from home is comfortable.

“I can open up a help desk ticket, and have someone consult with me about the ergonomics of my home office setup,” says Christina Goldschmidt, head of product design.

Communicating Clearly

Kate Collins, the digital project manager at marketing firm Postali, started going back to the office in June. Collins says she feels safe being back because of the communication, plans and safety measures set up in the workplace.

“They shared that our office was deep cleaned ahead of our first day, and our chief of staff created helpful ‘Return to Office’ documentation around parking, office security, conference room etiquette, etc.,” she says.

Industrial Hygiene Product Showcase

  • SECUMAX 350 SE

    SECUMAX 350 SE

    Efficient, ergonomic, and eco-friendly. Safety is about to get a whole lot greener with MARTOR's new safety knives made of recycled plastic coming soon! Contact us today for more information and to request a free sample. 3

  • Donaldson iCue™ Connected Filtration Monitoring

    Donaldson iCue™ Connected Filtration Monitoring

    Donaldson's iCue™ Connected Filtration Monitoring technology is designed to remotely monitor a facility’s dust, fume, and mist collection equipment and provide operational insights. When connected to your facility’s dust collection system, the iCue service, can track three sets of operational data relevant to EHS professionals including differential pressure (dP), particulate trend monitoring, and relative airflow. The iCue connected filtration service monitors all three conditions and provides real-time data for accurate compliance reporting. 3

  • The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus

    The MGC Simple Plus is a simple-to-use, portable multi gas detector that runs continuously for three years without needing to be recharged or routinely calibrated after its initial charge and calibration during manufacturing. The detector reliably tests a worksite’s atmosphere for hydrogen sulfide, carbon monoxide, oxygen and combustible gases (LEL). Additionally, it is durable enough to withstand the harshest treatment and environments, which is why it has an IP 68 rating. The MGC Simple Plus is also compatible with a variety of accessories, such as Gas Clip Technologies’ new GCT External Pump. Visit for more information. 3