With many states relaxing their shelter in place orders, the conversation is quickly shifting from furloughs and layoffs to reopening and returning to work. What that will look like for each business will be vary. However, we know that the workplace will be much different, with health and safety protocols being top of mind for the foreseeable future.
1. Send a welcome back email before employees come back
2. Revisit and revise your wellness initiatives
3. Give small tokens of appreciation
Keep safety and wellbeing in view with custom posters
Health and safety posters issued by the CDC and OSHA will be must-haves. Why not complement those guidelines with custom posters that convey company messages? Ideas to consider include welcome back to work sentiments, health and safety reminders, and words of encouragement, strength, and perseverance.
Reconnect employees to company culture with apparel
Business casual went to very casual in no time when employees were working from home. Keep the casual trend going with comfortable branded t-shirts and hoodies employees can wear in the office. Add a tailored “welcome back” message to help colleagues feel connected to each other and the company’s culture.
Encourage cleanliness and hygiene with wellness items
Sanitizers and disinfectants will be located all around the office, especially high traffic areas. But what about at individual work stations? By giving employees personal hand sanitizers and packs of disinfecting wipes, employers will demonstrate the company’s commitment to keeping employees healthy and their work spaces clean.
Demonstrate a commitment to health with custom face coverings
Many employers will be asking employees to wear personal protective equipment such as face coverings when they return to work. Some employers will be requiring it and will need to provide them to employees. While disposable masks might be the way to go for some, high quality, reusable cloth face masks and bandannas are more comfortable and last much longer. Want follow the latest employer trend? Consider adding a company logo or a message unique to the organization that lets employees know their health and safety are being looked after.
4. Host a welcome back breakfast, lunch, or happy hour