IVCA Feature: Making Decisions Regarding the Evolving Workplace … Advice from the Experts

IVCA Feature: Making Decisions Regarding the Evolving Workplace … Advice from the Experts

October 13, 2021

The IVCA continues its series on the evolution of the workplace, which began in 2020 when everything flipped at once and adaptation was on the fly. With the pandemic still to be mitigated, human resource departments and offices are still dealing with the state of flux that defines how we work today. In the third in a series, online articles and podcasts highlight the issues and expert advice in creating the new workplace, including the safety issues of reopening offices across the country.
 
HRExecutive.com, As Offices Reopen, Employees Still Want Masks; What Can HR Do?
Despite relaxed COVID-19 health guidance and more widespread vaccination, the majority of workers say they want their employers to require masks at on-site offices.
READ HERE: https://hrexecutive.com/as-offices-reopen-employees-still-want-masks-what-can-hr-do/ 
 
LewisSilkin.com, FAQs on Staffing Decisions When Re-Opening Workplaces
Legal Point of View: “Employers are facing many employment law issues as the guidance on working safely during the Covid-19 pandemic continues to evolve. These FAQs cover specific issues in relation to deciding which employees should stay at home and what happens if employees do not want to come to work.”
READ HERE: https://www.lewissilkin.com/en/insights/coronavirus-faqs-on-staffing-decisions-when-reopening-workplaces 
 
NYTimes.com, Flexibility for Parents When Offices Reopen
 
Some employers have helped parents who may have otherwise left their jobs stay put by allowing for remote work and accommodating hours. Now many workers want to maintain their new schedules: A 2021 McKinsey study found that 52 percent of employees prefer a more flexible arrangement – up from 30 percent before the pandemic.
READ HERE: https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/25/well/family/return-to-office-parents-help.html
 
OpenPath.com, Covid-19 Office Safety Guide
 
A downloadable guide and blog posting with issues and checklist from a Motorola Solutions Company. 
READ HERE: https://www.openpath.com/blog-post/covid-19-office-safety-guide 
OneDigital.com, How Employers Can Handle the Delta Variant Disruption
 
More specific advice: “Recently, employers and employees around the world were beginning to get excited to return to mask-free, in-person workplaces. Many employers had set a post-Labor Day date for their teams to transition back to the office. However, the rise of the COVID-19 Delta variant has disrupted these plans and many companies are being forced to re-implement mask policies and, once again, delay office reopening.”
READ HERE: https://www.onedigital.com/blog/how-employers-can-handle-the-delta-variant-disruption/ 
 
WSJ.com, Podcast: Wall Street CEOs Say Working from Home Isn’t Working
 
Major banks performed well while employees worked remotely. But executives at some banks are bringing their workers back to the office full time. WSJ's David Benoit explains what it could mean for the industry and the rest of corporate America.
 
LISTEN HERE (14 Minutes): https://www.wsj.com/podcasts/the-journal/wall-street-ceos-say-working-from-home-isnt-working/e4f0de44-4d2e-4cd9-8e8c-0d569bae291d 
 
Deloitte.com, Podcasts: Resilient … How Businesses Can Confront the COVID-19 Crisis
 
In this special edition Resilient series, we shift our focus to the evolving COVID-19 crisis. From supply chain disruptions and economic scenarios to remote working challenges and crisis response strategies, these episodes feature actionable insights from leaders to help you think through what to do now—and next.
 
LISTEN HERE (Series of Podcasts): https://www2.deloitte.com/us/en/pages/advisory/articles/resilient-special-series-podcast-on-covid19.html