What’s Next? Returning to Work in 2020 and Beyond

What’s Next? Returning to Work in 2020 and Beyond

Reducing the risk of bringing workers back into the office requires thoughtful use of technology and policy.

As the rush to enable work-from-home (WFH) subsides, IT, facilities, and HR professionals are now starting to think about the future; specifically, they’re questioning how they bring people back to the office safely.

Thirty-six percent of participants in Nemertes’ recent global “Visual Communications and Collaboration: 2020-21” research study say they plan to continue WFH as-is for the foreseeable future, and another 42% say they will probably continue supporting WFH, but haven’t yet formulated a strategy. Just 8% say they plan a full return to the office. Even among the 78% who will continue or are likely to continue with WFH, many say they will likely let workers return to the office if they so desire.

In a recent member survey, the Society of Human Resource Management found that over half (53%) of more than 1,000 respondents planned to have employees return to the office by the end of July, with 39% planning a phased-in approach. Obviously, these plans depend on local infection rates and trends, and are likely to change in states experiencing an increase in the spread of the virus.

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