Preparing for the Return

What you need to do to get a head start before your team heads back to the office.


Written by Jenny Anderson and Erin Grau

Employees are coming back to the office soon, and they are not the same people who left in March 2020. Some are burned out. Others are restless about their jobs. They are reflecting on how work fits into the rest of their lives, and perhaps feel empowered about what they expect from us, their managers and employers.

For most organizations, this is necessarily a time of focusing on stabilizing retention, increasing employee engagement, and reducing burnout.

On top of that, experts who study businesses say that there are rare moments when you can shift culture and practices. These are usually “frozen,” but a world-changing event like the arrival of Covid unfreezes them, and creates opportunities to rethink ways of working and collaborating.