First of all, your employees may not want to return. They may even be SCARED to return so soon.
I would encourage you as a business owner or leader to take a step back and to consider whether your team really NEEDS to come back to the office. Did your employees perform well while working from home? If so, then why not allow them to continue?
Monitor their performance and put a telecommuting agreement into effect, if you don’t already have one. That’s all you really need to do. Take advantage of some of the productivity, safety, and security tools that are available for your employees to install and use on their computers. Make sure they know that if performance declines, then working from home (WFH) will no longer be an option. Enough said.
Here’s something to consider: if WFH has been working well over the past few months and now you are forcing your employees to come back when they don’t really need to, then you risk losing trust and credibility. If the decision doesn’t make sense to them, it looks like a bad decision.
The bottom line is that you shouldn’t force anyone to come back if it isn’t absolutely necessary and you trust your employees. WFH is a great benefit, increases overall morale, and can reduce turnover in the long term. So it’s worth trying to make it work for your employees and your business.
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