Remote work was already becoming steadily more popular in the U.S. even before Covid-19 hit. This was partly due to how easy it was to outsource certain jobs to remote workers (call center work, accounting, human resources, and many more positions are all candidates for remote work). After the onset of the virus, the percentage of remote employees skyrocketed as all but essential workers were encouraged to work from home. It’s estimated that roughly 56% of Americans have jobs that can be done remotely, at least partially.
Naturally, there are benefits of working remotely for both employees and employers. Workers love the flexibility and being able to work in their own environment. These factors can easily boost morale and can lead to increased productivity. Of course, not all office jobs can be done well from home, or you may find that your particular building isn’t seeing the typical benefits associated with remote work. You may need some ways to encourage workers to come back in once the health crisis is over. Here are just a couple of great ways you can make changes to draw employees back in.
Smart Access Control
Employees want and deserve to feel safe on location, so you need to make sure that you’re providing an effective and efficient security system for your office building. With ButterflyMX, you’ll have affordable, convenient, and safe property access for your workplace. Some of your employees may already be familiar with this door entry tech if their apartment complexes use it. Tenants can check visitors trying to enter the building, and it allows for two-way communication. This video intercom solution works the same way in the workplace.
The smart intercom allows your receptionist to video chat with visitors trying to enter the building, and they can provide temporary virtual keys for authorized visits, such as employees waiting for interviews or package deliveries. Approved employees should already be using fobs or keycards to enter the building. These video calls make it easy to stop unauthorized entries before they even breach the front door. Having such a clear record of who enters and exits the building can help cut down on absenteeism in the workplace as well.
Property managers can also use this technology to check in on their buildings thanks to smart integrations with property management systems, access control systems, keyless locks, and other features. ButterflyMX cloud solutions won’t even require any wiring or unit hardware on your premises, so it’s never been easier to install reliable security.
Physical health and mental health are important for everyone, and you can show your employees that you appreciate them by providing them with more than just standard health insurance plans. By starting an employee wellness program, you can boost morale in the office and provide incentives for healthy behaviors that ultimately make better employees.
Wellness programs don’t really have any official definition or requirements—they’re simply just steps that you take as an employer to encourage healthy lifestyles and wellness. For your more competitive employees, fitness challenges can be a great idea. These might include speed walking challenges, competitive running, or weight training challenges to boost physical activity. Any level of exercise is great for lowering blood pressure and for weight loss. Getting enough physical activity is especially important for office workers who have sedentary jobs.
Of course, you shouldn’t neglect mental health either. You can hold educational seminars at the office to go over topics like mindfulness, techniques for stress management, and the benefits of meditation. Even just providing healthy snacks at these meetings and throughout the office can go a long way toward encouraging better health. You might even consider incentives for top-performing employees at the end of the month.
Ultimately, it’s important for employees to feel appreciated to boost retention and encourage high performance. Employers who participate in the programs they offer employees will certainly feel better as well and encouraged to come into the office.