Staggered starts and back up teams
Most businesses that have experienced a crisis will likely have a drop-in performance. We’ve seen that during the Global Financial Crisis recovery period. Data showed that businesses who had the ability to reflect on the future — not the past — had the quickest recovery.
To help with the recovery process, Professor Anseel recommends having ‘separate teams’ when employees are returning to work. This will help manage control if there is an outbreak in one team, then that whole team will be quarantined.
Staggered starts can also be implemented. For example, have one group to come in from 6am to 12pm. Use the time in between to deep clean and then the next group will work between 1pm to 7pm. This means you may need to stretch your opening hours.
Of course, minimise in-person meetings and gatherings as much as possible and maintain social distance. Conference rooms and meetings rooms can be transformed into working spaces to maintain a safe distance.
A blended or hybrid approach can prove challenging initially because there will be a lot of coordination involved in who comes into the office, when and who works from home. There should be clean arguments on when people go to work for deep collaboration, there will be deep individual working.