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4 Plans for Employees’ Return to the Workplace

Following any major business disruption, employers must be deliberate about reboarding—reconnecting employees under new business practices—to obtain optimum performance. As businesses reopen and staff come back to the workplace, use these strategies to ramp up productivity.

1. Schedule a fast-track reboarding session. Discuss new business practices such as designated offices and rooms as safe zones, explain new hygiene etiquette, and consider launching a buddy system for employees to mentor each other through the changes.

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2. Schedule a human relations session. Debrief with employees about how they coped with the pandemic and how they plan to move forward. Relationships are important to employee success, so invest time in staff reconnecting with each other.

3. Communicate company goals going forward. Share organizational goals and promote any training opportunities to keep employees engaged. Give staff a vision for the future to drive commitment.

4. Recognize and reward high performers. Celebrating high performers and employees who continued to thrive despite the disruption will help to rebuild a climate of confidence in the workforce.

About the Author

Carrie Van Daele is president and CEO of Van Daele & Associates (www.leant3.com), which features her Train the Trainer System for trainers and subject matter experts. Her company was founded in 1996 as a training and development firm in the areas of train the trainer, continuous process improvements, and leadership. It is a Certified Woman-Owned Business. Carrie is the author of  50 One-Minute Tips for Trainers. She is also a public speaker and a featured writer for several publications and organizations, such as the Association for Talent Development,  Women of Achievement magazine,  Quality Digest magazine, and  FM & T magazine. Her degrees include an AA from Evangel Bible College, a BS from Indiana University, and an MSM from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

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Brian Dumford is a training associate at Van Daele & Associates.

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