Despite now being almost a year into the pandemic, we’re still feeling the effects on a huge scale each and every day, and if the recent announcements are anything to go by, we may still be following them for some time yet. With the roadmap out of the pandemic now outlined by the government, could it be time to start considering how you may be able to bring your workforce back into the office in line with safety guidelines and best practices in terms of IT? We think so, so here are Cloud Geeni’s top tips for returning to work after the Covid-19 pandemic!

What precautions should you take?

First of all, you need to ensure that you understand what precautions you’re going to need to take to ensure a safe and effective return – if you don’t tackle this issue with care and thought, there’s potential for it to be a complete disaster. If you’ve been working from home for an extended period of time, as many have, there are a lot of things that you’re going to have to consider. In terms of logistics, you’ll have to consider how best to structure the office to ensure that every member of staff has a workstation that’s distanced, comfortable, and suitable for the role that they’re undertaking – if the space assigned to the employee is not up to scratch, you’re likely to see productivity drop. Before you bring staff back to the office, you’ll want to give your space a thorough reshuffle to ensure that your floorplan is being utilised to the maximum effect. 

 

Beyond this, you’ll also need to ensure that you’ve got additional health guidelines in place too – sanitation stations, temperature checks, and cleansing protocols must all be adhered to if you’re to create a working environment that’s safe, productive, and sustainable as the pandemic continues. 

Quarantining your devices 

Beyond the physical health of your employees, you also need to consider your business’ security in terms of IT – with your workforce having worked at home for such a long time, it’s possible that their devices may have been subject to malware infestations. If brought onto your company network, this could have major implications. To avoid this, you’ll want to ensure that each device that is being brought onto your network is verified and quarantined before use; this will require a lot of work from your IT department, so you may want to consider bringing employees back in waves rather than all at once to lessen the IT burden. By performing thorough checks and setup on each device that will be used in the office, you can be sure that you’ve minimised the threat of any dangerous entities gaining access to the sensitive data held within your business network. 

 

Staggered returns 

As we’ve mentioned above, staggering returns is going to be a vital step in the transition back to the office, so you’ll want to start with small numbers initially returning, then increasing that slowly over time. This helps your IT team to complete the necessary work involved with bringing employees back in the office without having to neglect the other duties that come with their jobs, which are often roles that are crucial to a business’ success. Staggering returns will also help you to bring back your workforce in smaller numbers, which allows you to have more leeway when it comes to structuring your space whilst maintaining distancing guidelines. With smaller numbers in the office, it’s much easier to spread people out in a way that’s open, sociable, and safe. 

One of the most useful tools for making this return as easy as possible is cloud computing. If you’re using the cloud already, the transition is likely to be much easier – you’ll probably already be using a VPN (virtual private network), which enables you to affect security protocols across all the devices on the network, regardless of their home broadband network, which further decreases the risk of threats making their way into your corporate network. If you’d like to find out more about cloud computing and it’s business benefits, get in touch with the team at Cloud Geeni today!