Management will need to review the “return to work plan” to identify blind spots and risks associated with the plan. Possible questions - has “return to work plan” considered all the legal, compliance, information technology and supporting infrastructure, human resource, and stakeholder requirements? What are the fall-back options in the event of a sudden change in regulations by the government which could affect “return to work plan”? Is the decision-making process and allocation of responsibilities criteria clear?
Most companies will potentially start with a hybrid model of a certain percentage (most likely below 30%) of the total number of employees resuming work from the office and the remaining continuing to work from home. Management needs to identify who are the key employees to be in the office to ensure the smooth running of the business. If an employee is selected as key, – what are the implications if they express that they are not yet comfortable to work from the office? These are some of the considerations that management will have to think of and the associated risks on operations and efficiency and employee cohesion and engagement.