Key challenges for HR leaders in return to work plans

Explore the key challenges HR leaders will face in returning employees to work as offices reopen throughout 2021.

As offices reopen HR teams will need to manage who, when and how employees return

Surveys indicate that employees want to come back to the office. However, businesses will encounter challenges in the coming months as the function of the workplace evolves to meet new ways of working.

Our understanding of ‘work’ has changed

Shifting mindsets on how the office will be used and embracing emerging new workstyles as we enter a new era of work is critical to creating an agile workplace as well as maintaining and attracting talent. Organisations need to think local and act global; and move from employee office experience to employee life experience to facilitate new ways of working.

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  • Why creating a hybrid work environment will be the way forward
  • How to get started to support changing work patterns
  • The importance of collaboration across all business divisions in creating a workplace tailored to employee needs
  • Adopting employee feedback and utilisation data to drive decision making

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Planning work rotations, managing who, when and how employees return are just some of the hurdles facing HR leaders

Employee attitudes regarding work have changed, and business leaders need to plan accordingly in order for the office to remain fit for purpose.

Surveys indicate that employees desire to split their time between the office and working remotely, with the freedom to choose how they work, and where. Enabling employees to easily and reliably find the spaces they need is vital to ensuring that the office supports collaboration, socialisation and productivity.

Business leaders need to ensure their workplace facilitates all types of work, all the while adhering to social distancing guidelines and track and trace protocols. The need for collaboration across all business divisions including HR, Corporate Real Estate, Facilities Management, IT,  Legal and Compliance is necessary to build a culture that empowers employees to perform at their best.

It’s more important than ever before to use data to make evidence based decisions in your strategies in order to work smarter and efficiently, as well as:

  • Plan beyond COVID19
  • Re-evaluate real estate portfolio
  • Gain insight on how employees are using the office and adaptations needed to ensure the office remains fit for purpose
  • Building a sustainable future

Learning outcomes

  • How to address key challenges HR leaders will encounter
  • What priorities to focus on
  • How to minimise impacts to employee wellbeing
  • Practical guidance to navigate new ways of working
  • What tools and technology to use to automate space occupancy

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Key considerations for HR leaders as the workplace evolves

Speakers
Emma Dutton
Emma Dutton

Leadership Development Expert and Coach at Leopard LDL

Leopard - Leadership Development Learning

Emma has a proven track record for initiating and delivering complex change programmes across multi-national organisations, having worked within IT and Telecommunications industries as an HR professional for more than 20 years.

Sue Warman
Sue Warman

VP People at AICPA & CIMA

AICPA CIMA - Leaders in public and management accounting

With 25 years experience in HR Leadership and Executive roles, Sue has a strong track record for driving positive change with a focus on identifying real issues and working with leaders to create successful and compelling organisations.

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