After more than two years, businesses are ready to welcome back their employees with open arms. For some, it may suggest old-school thinking about employment. However, for others, it’s a crucial first step to reigniting the company culture and getting teams back together in a collaborative post COVID-19 environment.
While many Australian employers are eager to fill their office spaces once again, the same can’t be said for employees. According to data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics, twice as many employed Australians worked from home one or more times a week in April 2022 than they did before the pandemic.1
Returning to the workplace post pandemic can be a daunting experience for many, especially those who don’t want to miss out on the benefits of working from home. With the odds stacked against them, businesses are making every effort to entice employees back to the office, with incentives ranging from festivals and concerts at the office to punitive measures like pay cuts for those who insist on working from home. However, these extremes are unlikely to deliver strong employee engagement in the long run.
Restoring workplace culture
If going back to work is the right step, businesses need to consider the best way to encourage staff to embrace the return. This starts with company culture. Employees don’t want to return to the office to sit on endless Zoom meetings and have minimal face-to-face contact with their colleagues.
Workplaces that actively enhance workplace culture are more likely to retain employees, improve productivity, and increase customer satisfaction. However, a good company culture must be deliberately created, nurtured, and maintained.
There are six powerful ways to help employers make their business a better place to work:
However, a good culture is more than a company’s perks. Building a unique, positive culture is central to business success and provides more long-term value than free coffee. As more workers return to the office, the pressure builds on businesses to ease the dread that many employees may be feeling.
Businesses should review their current company culture to ensure employees are engaged, supported, and valued. Failure to do so will result not only in a lack of communication, but could also contribute to increased absenteeism, lower productivity, and higher turnover.
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