Resumption at the workplace.Pros and Cons.
Covid-19 has destabilized standards of conduct in all areas, especially in labor relations, breaking traditional concepts about productivity. Today, after nearly two years of intense changes, the advance of vaccination paves the way for a gradual return to activities in collective spaces.
The changes imposed by the pandemic showed different sides. If for some the adaptation to the home office was almost immediate, for others the difficulty of establishing boundaries between personal and professional life was almost unavoidable. Still, after the long absence, the idea of a return to coexistence seems encouraging, but requires that some variables be observed.
Reorganization of routines – The resumption should not be a return to the routines of the past. Specialists advise greater flexibility in schedules and behaviors so that - after the experience of the home office, in theory, freer – professionals conform to the new rules and feel comfortable.
Benefit programs – After constant adaptations to new models, specialists suggest that contacts be intensified between professionals who only know each other virtually or who have been away for months, and that new relationship programs and other types of incentives be studied.
Career plans – Professional careers don't happen as in the past. Today, they are dynamic and, to preserve talent, companies must have benefit plans consistent with the current context and expectations. Returning to face-to-face work can encourage the implementation of changes in this regard.
Research carried out on the subject point to divergences between the options of returning to live in person and attending risk environments, showing emotional conflicts arising from the tensions produced by the pandemic in each one. Balancing safety, well-being, productivity and opportunity variables will be essential to arrive at the best solutions, according to the particularities of each company, team and business model. What is expected is that the experiences of the last almost two years – adjusted to the reality in which we move in this resumption and its undeniable pros and cons -, will be able to generate more versatile and healthier professionals and work environments.