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Managing a Team Going Back to Work After Isolation Lifts

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After physical distancing and stay-at-home orders due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many people may be excited to return to their workplaces. However, this change might be a tricky one for employees who have been working from home or furloughed for months. As a manager, your team will look to you for leadership during this time of transition.

Communicate with your team. In the days before your workplace reopens, it’s a good idea to connect with your team, ensuring they have everything that they need for a successful return. It is also a good idea to schedule an in-person “Welcome Back” meeting for all team members. Seeing friendly faces will probably be a welcome change for those who have been working at home during the pandemic.

Get familiar with the safety guidelines in place. Continue to follow any safety recommendations made by governmental and health care agencies.  Do you need to maintain physical distancing at work? Should hand sanitizer be provided at desks? Request to be on a building manager’s email list to receive any updates pertaining to the worksite.

Make priorities and expectations clear. Plan ahead for your workplace re-opening, so you’ll know what projects should be tackled first. You might consider sharing a quick and easy prioritized project task list, so your team feels they’ve accomplished something important in their first week. They can build on that momentum in the weeks that follow.

Keep regular office hours. If you’re worried about having too much work to do, it can be tempting to stay hours past when you would usually go home. Your team will look to you for leadership and follow your example. Make it clear that work-life balance is a priority to keep your team happy, and leave the office when the day is done.

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With content by Patrick Williams

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